Are charter schools better, or worse, than conventional public campuses in Virginia?
Worse, say charter opponents, pointing to high closure rates. Of the 11 charter schools that have opened in the state, three have shut down — two due to financial reasons and one due to academics. Three others reverted back to traditional campuses. Only five charters are still operating.
The National Alliance for Charter Schools estimates that 6-12 percent of the country’s 6,000 charters have closed.
Proponents assert that the data show charters are accountable to “the market,” whereas Virginia’s 1,200 conventional schools remain artificially insulated from the consequences of poor performance.
At least until now.
In a new report, Watchdog.org examines how the successful, bipartisan push for charter schools in other states could finally be felt in Virginia. Read all about it here.