Against the backdrop of a contentious ballot question, charter schools in Massachusetts have faced scrutiny across multiple dimensions. This event brings together several of the preeminent researchers on the topic to share their findings, followed by a period of directed questions, and audience Q&A.
In Massachusetts, the charter school debate has centered on four concerns:
- that the achievement of the high-scoring charter schools is due to selective admission and retention policies and not the education that the charter schools provide,
- that charter schools are underserving English language learners and special education students,
- that charter schools are disciplining students at higher rates in order to drive troublesome students back to traditional schools, and
- that charter schools are undermining traditional public schools financially.
This report summarizes the evidence pertaining to these four concerns.