Connecticut’s charter schools have been serving students since 1997, and many have been doing an incredible job. Eighty six percent of charter elementary schools are outperforming the district schools where they are located, and the same can be said for 83 percent of charter high schools.
Still, naysayers out there like to dispute basic facts about charter schools, as though they’re up for debate. We’ve decided to set the record straight.
Below are clear, source-driven, extremely basic FACTS about Connecticut’s public charter schools.
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The most common myth you hear about charters schools is a simple one: they’re not public schools. In Connecticut, that’s a jaw-dropping accusation, since state law literally defines charters as “a public, nonsectarian school.”
Charter schools excel at educating students in Connecticut. To cynics, those results can’t possibly come from great teachers or a high-quality school model. They think charters must be doing something wrong, and they say so. That's nonsense, for more than a few reasons.
Charter serve a diverse set of Connecticut students, and they do it extremely well. In fact, according to our own State Department of Education, eighty-six percent of charter elementary schools are outperforming the district schools where they are located according to state data. The same can be said for 83 percent of charter high schools.
FACT: Charter schools bring more state money to a community and free up resources for the local district
The success of Connecticut charters is incredible - they are truly changing the lives of children across the state. And to the credit of our state’s charter school educators and school leaders, they’re doing this work without fair funding.