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  •  Parents need to be very careful, though, (2+ / 0-)

    before enrolling their child in a charter school, thinking it will automatically be better.  Stanford's 2013 CREDO report comparing charter and traditional public school student performance in 16 states is now available (and can be compared to their 2009 report.)

    By checking, parents will learn things they may not know, like the fact that most charter schools perform no better than traditional public schools.  

    Yes, there are charter schools that perform better...but there are also charter schools that perform worse.  

    For example, in the 2013 results, 25% were better in reading, but 19% were worse while, in math, 29% were better but 31% were worse.  

    They will also learn that the scores vary significantly by state (Michigan public charter schools are far and away the best so far.)

    So parents really need to do their homework before enrolling their child in a charter school.  

    P.S.  I would argue with your blanket claim that "No matter who teaches, or what is taught, rich kids do well on tests".  I know from personal experience that that simply isn't true.  It's far too black-and-white a claim.

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