fbpx

Latest Posts

Home

Facebook

Twitter

Search
About

Celebrating charter schools and the educational opportunities they bring to students

This week, we celebrate National Charter Schools Week and the success of 3.2 million charter school students. It is important to reflect on the opportunities charter schools offer families who are earnestly seeking a high-quality, public school option. According to a 2018 EdChoice survey, 61 percent of Americans support public charter schools, while only 29 percent oppose them. Parents’ satisfaction with charter schools increased from 2017 to 2018, whereas satisfaction in all other school sectors decreased. And current school parents were more likely to rate their charter school an “A” or “B” compared to the percentage of parents who rated their public district schools an “A” or “B.”

Source: EdChoice

But the battle over charter schools continues to rage on in national debate. Even Minnesota, who pioneered the charter school model for the rest of the country to follow, is facing its own internal debates on charter school growth (see, “St. Paul officials debate ways to rein in growing charter schools” by the Star Tribune).

Providing essential education options to Minnesota’s students should not be a contentious issue. Charter-linked innovation aimed at addressing educational challenges and improving public education should be celebrated. Charter schools are community partners, founded and led by community leaders, and are unique public schools that serve the needs within a community.

Source: EdChoice

While charter schools are public schools—they are always open to all and tuition-free—they are independent of the local school district’s control and allowed to innovate. Charter schools come with higher accountability and are therefore held to higher academic, financial, and organization standards. They are subject to regular reviews, and failure to properly serve students can get them shut down. Charter schools come with higher autonomy, as well. Numerous data continue to show that public charters are a good investment.

Charter schools in Minnesota currently serve approximately 59,000 K-12 students. We applaud leaders at the local, state, and national level who demand high-quality education options to help meet the needs of more Minnesota students.

Comments

Subscribe

Categories

Upcoming Events

  • Morning in Minnesota Breakfast: St. Cloud

    Location: Coyote Moon Grille 480 55th Ave SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304

    Please join Center of the American Experiment on Wednesday, October 16that Coyote Moon Grille for breakfast with Center policy fellow and energy expert, Isaac Orr. Following his discussion of his new report, “Doubling Down on Failure,” Isaac will be joined by a panel of local leaders for a conversation about renewable energy standards in Minnesota. Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Coyote Moon Grille, 480 55th Ave SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304 7:30 AM Breakfast & Check-in 8:00 AM Presentation 9:00 AM Conclude Free, RSVP Here

    Register Now
  • Morning in Minnesota Breakfast: Mankato

    Location: Mankato Golf Club, 100 August Drive, Mankato, MN 56002

    Please join Center of the American Experiment on Thursday, October 17that the Mankato Golf Club for breakfast with Center economist, John Phelan, as he discusses Minnesota’s economic future. Thursday, October 17, 2019 Mankato Golf Club 100 August Drive, Mankato, MN 56002 7:30 AM Breakfast & Check-in 8:00 AM Presentation 9:00 AM Conclude Free, RSVP Here

    Register Now
  • Morning in Minnesota Breakfast: Alexandria

    Location: Alexandria Golf Club 2300 North Nokomis Northeast Alexandria, MN 56308

    Please join Center of the American Experiment on Wednesday, September 25th at the Alexandria Golf Club for breakfast with Center policy fellow and education expert, Catrin Wigfall, as she explains the Center’s “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree” project. Following her presentation on workforce development issues, Catrin will be joined by a panel of local leaders to discuss how Alexandria can better attract and retain young talent. Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Alexandria Golf Club 2300 North Nokomis NE, Alexandria, MN 56308 8:00 AM Breakfast & Check-in 8:30 AM Presentation 9:30 AM Conclude Free, RSVP Here

    Register Now