As a charter advocate, I have several concerns with this draft.
First, there is the charge that charter students are much wealthier than traditional school students. The report states 55 percent of traditional students come from Economically Disadvantaged families, while only 36 percent of charter students do. The problem here is the old “garbage in, garbage out” phenomenon. Many charters do not participate in the federal Free and Reduced Lunch programs so are not required to collect income data. Many try to self-report but underestimate to be on the safe side. Seven schools did not report at all. These data are not reliable enough to make a solid determination on whether charter students are wealthier. Charter advocates have been complaining about this for years. Read More