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

 
 
The Cost of Charter Schools for Public School Districts

5/8/2018
A first-of-its-kind analysis revealing that public school students in three California school districts are bearing the cost of the unchecked expansion of privately managed charter schools.

   
 
Fraud and waste in California’s charter schools

3/1/2018
A report documenting that total alleged and confirmed fraud and waste in California’s charter schools has reached over $149 million, which represents only the tip of the iceberg due to lax regulation and little transparency.

   
 
How charter schools impact public school district budgets

2/23/2018
A compilation of studies by a variety of institutions and authors, all which share a similar finding: districts and the students they serve are undermined by prioritizing charter school growth over educational opportunities for all students.

   

The Failure of Policy Planning in California’s Charter School Facility Funding

4/10/2017
A report revealing that a substantial portion of the more than $2.5 billion in tax dollars or taxpayer subsidized financing spent on California charter school facilities in the past 15 years has been misspent.

   

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The Public School Accountability Agenda

3/15/2015
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

2/26/2015
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

9/28/2016
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

9/1/2016
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)

5/12/2016
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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