Charter schools used to be seen as the hot new concept in education.
But that fad seems to have jumped the shark.
For two decades since the first charter school law was passed in Minnesota, they’ve grown at about 6 to 7 percent nationally.
But for the last three years, that growth has dropped each year – from 7 to 5 to 2 percent.
Even states that historically boasted the most growth are falling behind. Of charter powerhouses Texas, Florida, Ohio and California – only Texas has shown a significant upward trend.
So what happened?
How did the hippest new thing to hit education since the chalk board suddenly hit such a wall? After all, it wasn’t so long ago that every celebrity from Magic Johnson to Andre Agassi to Deion Sanders to Sean “Puffy” Combs to Pitt Bull had their own charter school. Even Oprah Winfrey, the queen…
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