A contrarian look at charter schools


In theory, charter schools are supposed to be more accountable than monopolistic public school systems because their “charter” can be revoked for poor performance.

Like public schools, charter schools are funded with public money, but are run by private groups who receive a “charter” from a school board or a state department of education.

But in some contrarian reporting by Joydeep Roy, an education economist at Economic Policy Institute, Roy found that only 14 percent of charter schools have closed for not meeting academic goals.