According to U.S. Charter Schools, there’s a new report from the Michigan Department of Education that demonstrates some value of charter schools:
This annual report on Michigan’s charter schools, known as public school academies (PSA) in the state, compiles school and student data and reports on academic growth. Michigan’s charter school students continue to be disproportionately urban, minority and poor. Over half of charter school students are eligible for free/reduced price lunch, compared to 34 percent of non-charter students. Academically, charter elementary and middle schools report encouraging academic results. Consistently, more PSA students in grades 3-8 score proficient on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) tests than do their counterparts in the geographic districts in which the PSAs are located. African-American and Hispanic students’ performance approach or match the performance levels of all non-charter students throughout Michigan. The schools continue to receive less revenue than the districts in which they are located ($2,289 less per-pupil).
Less funding, better results? What’s not to like?