Exploring the negative consequences of
charter school expansion in U.S. cities
In a new EPI report (see PDF below), Rutgers University professor Bruce Baker finds that charter school expansion has exacerbated inequities in education. In his study of 11 city school systems, Baker finds, in most cases, the non-charter public schools have received fewer resources due to charter school expansion. Also, he finds that many leading charter operators have been charged with conflicts-of-interest and financial malfeasance.
Baker recommends communities hold charter operators publicly accountable and consider the cost and benefits to the community and to the greater public good.