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.
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 >
Charter schools have long been criticized for a lack of diversity, but a national analysis reveals a varied demographic profile. Read More >
Vol. 35, Issue 34