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Charter Schools at 25

By Arianna Prothero

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Twenty-five years ago this month, Minnesota passed the country’s first charter school law. Since then, the charter sector has expanded exponentially to include dozens of states, thousands of schools, and millions of students. While the charter movement has benefited significantly from wealthy funders—which have been crucial in fueling its growth—it still faces a litany of criticisms. Among the most persistent: Charter schools have a harmful lack of diversity.

The Evolution of the ‘Chartered School’

Charters have evolved from the original idea to allow parents and teachers to create new kinds of public schools into a powerful movement—driven, to a large extent, by private philanthropy. Read More >

Data and the Debate Over Diversity in Charters

Charter schools have long been criticized for a lack of diversity, but a national analysis reveals a varied demographic profile. Read More >

Video: A Tale of Two Charter Schools

Step inside the Avalon School in St. Paul, Minn., and the Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High School in Los Angeles, to see how the charter movement has changed over the last 25 years. Read More >

Vol. 35, Issue 34

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