K-12 Education: What Happened to the Bipartisan Consensus on Charter Schools?

By Julia Baumel — February 18, 2021

A decade ago, there was an emerging bipartisan consensus on education reform in general and the benefits of charter schools in particular. That consensus has completely fallen apart at the worst possible time. This policy paper discusses how the consensus on charters fell apart and why it needs to be rebuilt.

Facts At-A-Glance

  • 3.3 million students

    attend charter schools in the U.S.

  • 5 million more students

    are on waiting lists to attend charter schools

  • 21 charter schools

    made U.S. News and World Report’s list of the top 100 U.S. high schools in 2020

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