Charter High School Grads Persist in College, Earn Higher Salaries

In a finding that is certain to stir the debate on the merits of charter schools, a new study has found that charter high school graduates persist in college at higher rates and also earn higher salaries in their mid-20s than students who graduated from traditional public high schools.

Specifically, the study found that charter high school attendance is associated with an increase of about $2,300 in maximum annual earnings for students between ages 23 and 25—or roughly 12 percent higher earnings than comparable students who attended a charter middle school but then switched to a regular public school for high school.

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