Michigan’s charter schools are drawing a sizable percentage of students from private schools, a study concludes.
Charter schools are public schools allowed to operate free of district rules provided that they can show improvements in achievement. Most studies to date, though, have examined how charters affect other public schools. To track their impact on private schools, researchers focused on Michigan because it was among the first states to permit charter schools, says the study by the National Center for Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
A version of this article appeared in the October 18, 2006 edition of Education Week