Charter schools are a lightning-rod issue in public education. Charter schools are privately-run schools that operate with taxpayer dollars, often with greater funding and less accountability than publicly-run public schools. Some voices warn of the privatization of public education through charter schools; others advocate for the partnering with charter schools for such reasons as greater funding for and assistance with historically-underperforming student populations. Here are some resources for persons wishing to learn more about the impact of charter schools on publicly-run public schools.

2017 NEA Policy Statement on Charter Schools

NEA “Charter Schools 101”

NEA “Four Key Features of Strong Charter Schools”

NAACP Plan of Action (or “Moratorium”) for Charter Schools

Diane Ravitch 2018 WaPo Op-ed on Charter Schools’ Damage to Public Education

Diane Ravitch’s Blog