In the News: D.C.’s Public Charter School System Turned 20 This Year. Now What?
In the Washington Post, Perry Stein traces the history of charter schools in Washington, D.C. over the past 20 years.
The District’s charter school movement turned 20 at the start of this academic year. During the past two decades, charters have grown from three schools educating 160 students to more than 100 independent schools that educate almost 42,000 students, close to half of the District’s public school enrollment.
Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Bruno Manno have an article that takes stock of the charter school movement as a whole on its 25th anniversary, reviewing “ts progress and the challenges that lie ahead, what we’ve done right as well as where we’ve gone astray, and what lessons can be distilled that may be beneficial going forward.”
— Education Next