Merrimack College student Kara Smith student teaching at the Lawrence Family Development Charter School, in Lawrence, MA on December 7, 2010.
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Our Resources on Public Education


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The Public School Accountability Agenda

An 11-point program to ensure that charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated, are fulfilling their role in public education as lawmakers intended.


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Virtual Public Education in California

A report describing management practices and student academic performance at California Virtual Academies (CAVA), the largest provider of virtual public education in California.


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How privatization increases inequality

A section of a report revealing how privatization can create a private system, such as charter schools in a school district, which siphons funding away from the public system meant to serve everyone.



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Making the Grade: Questions to Ask About School Services Privatization

Examples of important questions that decision makers should consider when faced with a proposed effort to privatize school services like bussing, food services, and grounds maintenance.



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The Cost of Charter Schools for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

A research brief proposing equitable solutions to mitigate the negative fiscal impact of charter schools on all the schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).


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