Kane, T. J. (2016). Let the Numbers Have Their Say: Evidence on Massachusetts' Charter Schools . Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.
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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.