Shawgi Tell is a professor of education at Nazareth College in New York.
He points out that “More than 765 Charter Schools Have Closed in Three Years.”
This is what Disrupters refer to as “high-quality seats.” Here today, gone tomorrow.
Currently, about 3.2 million students are enrolled in roughly 7,000 privately-operated charter schools across the country. This represents less than 7% of all students and 7% of all schools in the country.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 765 charter schools closed between 2014-15 and 2016-2017, leaving thousands of families stressed, abandoned, dislocated,and angry. This figure represents more than one out of ten charter schools in the country by today’s numbers. The real closure figure is likely higher. To be sure, more than 3,000 charter schools have closed in under three decades.
The top three reasons privately-operated charter schools close are financial malfeasance…
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