Intelligence Squared U.S.: Charter Schools Are Overrated

Intelligence Squared U.S.: Charter Schools Are Overrated

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 9:00pm

In the 25 years since Minnesota passed the first charter school law, these publically funded but privately operated schools have become a highly sought-after alternative to traditional public education, particularly for underserved students in urban areas. Between 2004 and 2014 alone, charter school enrollment increased from less than 1 million to 2.5 million students. Many charter schools boast of high test scores, strict academic expectations, and high graduation rates, and for some, their growth is evidence of their success. But have these schools lived up to their promise? Opponents argue that charters, which are subject to fewer regulations and less oversight, lack accountability, take much-needed resources from public schools, and pick and choose their student body.  Are charter schools overrated? Intelligence Squared U.S.: Charter Schools Are Overrated airs Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370.

For the motion: Gary Miron- Professor, College of Education, Western Michigan University and Julian Vasquez Heilig- Professor, Sacramento State & Founding Board Member, Network for Public Education

Against the motion: Jeanne Allen- Founder & CEO, The Center for Education Reform and Gerard Robinson- Resident Fellow, AEI & Former Florida Commissioner of Education.