Middle-class students are enrolling in charter schools

From Saint Louis comes word that charter schools aren’t just for poor families anymore: Middle-class students are enrolling in charter schools.

“Now, at least four of the six charter schools in St. Louis are thriving. Their enrollment has grown, and test scores are improving — sometimes even surpassing public magnet schools’ scores. Staff members now talk not so much about discipline, but instead about student achievement, project-based learning and character education — buzzwords you hear at any of the best schools in St. Louis. Plus, these charter schools look good: They boast clean halls, necktie-clad boys, Spanish-language classes and attentive students.”

If that success could be replicated elsewhere, public education would benefit.

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