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Charter Schools

Failing Brown v. Board: A Continuous Struggle Against Inequity in Public Education, The Journey For Justice Alliance

Privatization schemes have worsened the opportunity gap and devastated thousands of public schools throughout the country. 

Charter Schools, Civil Rights and School Discipline: A Comprehensive Review, The Civil Rights Project

Charter schools suspend students at excessive and disparate rates, especially students of color, ELL students, and students with disabilities.

Equity Overlooked: Charter Schools and Civil Rights Policy, The Civil Rights Project

Charter schools have higher levels of segregation for black students than traditional public schools, which continues to reinforce unequal educational opportunity.

Failed Promises: Assessing Charter Schools in the Twin Cities, Institute on Race and Poverty

Charter schools in Minnesota are performing worse on average than comparable traditional public schools, and have intensified racial and economic segregation.

Charter, Private, Public Schools and Academic Achievement: New Evidence from NAEP Mathematics Data, University of Illinois

This analysis of US mathematics achievement finds that, after accounting for the fact that private schools serve more advantaged populations, public schools perform remarkably well, often outscoring private and charter schools.

Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse, The Center for Popular Democracy

The financial impact of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in charter schools has reached over $223 million. Public funding for charter schools has reached over $40 billion annually.

The Impacts of Charter Schools on Student Achievement: Evidence From North Carolina, American Education Finance Association

Students make considerably smaller achievement gains in charter schools than they would have in public schools. About 30 percent of the negative effect of charter schools is attributable to high rates of student turnover.


Vouchers & Tax Credits

Beyond the Classroom: The Implications of School Vouchers for Church Finances, The National Bureau of Economic Research

The vast majority of private school students attend religiously affiliated schools. Voucher expansion caused significant declines in church donations and church spending on non-educational religious activities.

Public Loss, Private Gain: How School Voucher Tax Shelters Undermine Public Education, The School Superintendents Association

This legislation will not benefit low-income students, will not improve academic achievement, will not protect students from discrimination, will not be transparent and accountable to taxpayers, will undermine funding for public schools across the country, and will enable corporations and successful investors to turn a profit by showering them with tax cuts larger than the donations they make.

Votes on State Voucher & Tuition Tax Credit Referenda , The National Coalition for Public Education

In the last 43 years, voters have rejected private school vouchers every time they have been proposed.

A Failed Experiment: Georgia’s Tax Credit Scholarships for Private Schools, The Southern Education Foundation

Over $70 million has been diverted from Georgia’s state revenues over the last three years with a lack of accountability that has enabled widespread abuse. Tax‐funded scholarships have failed to help a significant number of students transfer from public to private schools and have left public schools with a disproportionately larger share of low income students who generally have higher educational needs and require often higher per pupil costs for their adequate education.  

Beyond the Classroom: The Implications of School Vouchers for Church Finances, The National Bureau of Economic Research

The vast majority of private school students attend religiously affiliated schools. Voucher expansion caused significant declines in church donations and church spending on non-educational religious activities.

The Math Behind Ed Choice Tax Credit Fails Many Tests, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

This proposal does not target low- and moderate-income students as suggested; is expensive, taking resources away from public schools and other investments; and provides an excessively large credit under which some high-income individuals could actually make money.