Last Sunday, the Washington Post wrote an editorial with the title: Charter Success – Poor children learn. Teachers unions are not pleased.
The entire editorial can be found here. The study from the NBER can be found here. The editorial references a Stanford University study that used a lottery system to completely randomize the students going into either a Charter School or a regular district school. The results are that Charter Schools significantly outperform district schools. When I was in the Senate, the most frequent excuse I heard from many in the education community (usually union lobbyists) was that “There is nothing that we can do. It is the parents lack of involvement.” Evidently, that just isn’t true.
The editorial finishes with the following:
Now the facts are in. The desperation of poor parents whose children are stuck on waiting lists for charter schools is well-founded. And every time the union scores another lobbying success in Albany — or Annapolis, Richmond or Washington, D.C. — to hold charters back, more poor children will pay a price.
Can Delaware escape from the union lobbyists grasp? Will we give our children the education that they deserve?