Urban Charter Schools Succeed. Suburban Ones Often Don’t.

The New York Times’ Susan Dynarski reports that urban charter schools are performing better and are more likely to succeed than suburban charter schools. 

Though often controversial, research suggests that charter schools are good for education and support more underserved low-income minority children in urban cities. In fact, these children more often than not perform better in charter schools than if enrolled in traditional public schools.  

Charter schools are publicly funded but do not operate under the same rules and restrictions that often limit traditional public schools. Charters most notably are able to switch curriculums, try new teaching methods and can choose to have a longer school day. Charter schools can also hire and fire more easily as there are significantly fewer teachers’ unions to prolong these decisions. 

Though measuring the effectiveness of a school can be challenging, parents opt to choose schools for their children by living in a certain area or applying to private or charter schools. Read more here.