Five years into Indiana's experience with charter schools, it's hard to find any critics left. Waiting lists exist at many of the schools. Test scores are rising. Perhaps best of all, the reform has prompted a more competitive spirit in traditional public school systems.North Carolina is pondering whether to raise our limit on there only being 100 charter schools. It's always hard to get reliable data on the success of charter schools because kids go in and out of the schools and it's hard to work with the selection bias of which families choose to send their kids to charter schools and which stay in stagnant regular public schools. But, time after time, we see loads of anecdotal evidence of families who are happy with their choice and more families voting with their feet as charter school after charter schools go from opening to having waiting lists a few years later.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
After five years, charter schools are doing well in Indiana.