Response to NY Times: "Charter school sector itself is showing signs of correcting"

February 25, 2013

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On Feb. 23, 2013, the NY Times' editorial about the charter movement, Better Charter Schools in New York City, raised concern that failing schools remain open for years. CCSA wrote the following letter to the editor in response:

We agree with the Times that not enough low performing charter schools have closed. However, the charter school sector itself is showing signs of correcting, bold actions on accountability that the editorial fails to mention.

In California for example where the California Charter Schools Association has been aggressive in publicly calling for underperforming schools to be closed, 124 charter schools have closed in the last 4 years, about 60% of which were under performing academically. This has allowed the sector of charter schools in California to improve while growing to serve nearly a half million students.

This is but one of many efforts happening within the charter sector nationally to address quality. We wish similar urgency was being brought to the need to instill higher accountability within our nation's traditional public schools.

Jed Wallace
President and CEO California Charter Schools Association

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