Similar Results Between Public and Charter Schools

October 15, 2018 - por

Writing in Bloomberg, Baruch professor Andrea Gabor takes aim at the argument of pro-charter school organizations such as the Manhattan Institute that deregulation of the charter school sector is necessary. In fact, deregulation produces less, not more choice, Gabor says. “That faith in markets isn’t supported by the evidence, however. Studies show that, on average, charter schools and traditional public schools produce similar results. But freedom from regulation is associated not with success but with especially high failure rates; charter-school performance tends to be weakest in states with the laxest rules for ensuring education quality. Paradoxically, deregulation has also tended to narrow choices rather than expand them. New Orleans, for example, which has turned most of its public schools over to charter organizations, is dominated by charter-school oligopolies that enforce uniform curriculum and disciplinary standards. Instead of fostering creative pedagogy, the charter industry has focused on producing high test scores, the key measure by which philanthropists determine which charter organizations to finance. Teachers are typically required to teach canned curricula and rarely last more than a few years, and students are often subjected to one-size-fits-all discipline policies.”