Posted on May 14, 2011
[...] So then, one should ask how expansion of charter schools intersects with these two major policy concerns. It would be one thing if New Jersey Charter Schools simply had a track record of a) serving similar student populations and b) consistently outperforming traditional public schools in the same location. That is, one might argue that we can deal with a marginal increase in segregation and additional segmentation of our school system if it’s producing better results (therefore not compromising efficiency). But that’s not the case. New Jersey charter schools, on average, are average. In particular, there are few if any high performing, high poverty charters. The figure below is from a recent post. [...]
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