Lloyd Lofthouse: How Will Charter Growth Affect Public Schools?

Diane Ravitch's blog

Lloyd Lofthouse notes the expansion of the charter sector in past decade-plus and wonders how this will affect public schools. We know from many state and city studies that charters don’t outperform public schools and that many are run by for-profit corporations. No high-performing nation is embarked on the destruction of its public education system by imposing charters and vouchers and allowing non-educators to open schools.

Lloyd Lofthouse writes:

Is there a site that lists all the private sector charters starting with the biggest chain. If the Walton’s have more than 1,600 (about 28% of total), wouldn’t their corporate Charters be the largest chain.

I found this:

From school year 1999–2000 to 2011–12, the percentage of all public schools that were public charter schools increased from 1.7 to 5.8 percent, and the total number of public charter schools increased from 1,500 to 5,700.

http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=30

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_cgb.asp

AN UPDATE: In November, U.S…

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