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Here you will find reports, research and articles covering various views on school choice issues, i.e. charters, magnets, vouchers.  Posting here does not indicate Georgia Partnership endorsement. Entries go back to 2015.  Broken links should be reported here.


The Science of Summit - School Models That Drive Student Success
Summit Learning

This "groundbreaking" report was 15 years in the making.  This is the Summit School's effort to share what "we believe about young people, about the promise of public education, and about the principles for school design rooted in the science of learning.  Introduction. Related story. (August 8)

More Findings About School Vouchers and Test Scores and They Are Still Negative

Vouchers to pay for students to attend private schools continue to command public attention.  The current administration has proposed vouchers in its budget and more than half of the states have programs.  But what does data tells us? (July 13)

The Voucher Fight Isn't Clear-Cut (Opinion)
U.S. News & World Report

Now I represent a view that is more common than you might think: a public school supporter who feels strongly we should reject vouchers out-of-hand. (June 17)

"It's Not My Problem!" Why Charter Schools and Districts Need to Work Together on the Politics of School Closure 

District budgets are often strained when many of their schools are under-enrolled.  This is one of the biggest reasons districts with growing charter enrollment hit financial hurdles. (June 17)

The Effect of Start-Up Charter Schools on Nearby Property Values
Georgia State University - The Center for State and Local Finance

Homes closer to start-up charters schools in Georgia experience higher property values than those farther away, the greatest impact being for homes located within priority attendance zones in Atlanta. Related story. (May 19)

50 State Comparison: Vouchers
Education Commission of the States

School voucher programs are a type of school choice. These state-funded programs – often called scholarship programs – allow students to use public monies to attend a private school.  (March 16) 

School Choice Presents Challenges in Rural Georgia
Georgia Public Broadcasting

This year could be a big one for school choice. State lawmakers are considering expanding a program that gives tax credits to Georgians who help bankroll private school scholarships. (February 27)

School Choice Glossary
Education Commission of the States

This glossary provides a brief overview of the multiple school choice options available to state policymakers. Introduction. (February 7)

Bridging the District-Charter Divide to Help More Students

Animosity between school districts and charter schools has been the norm since the nation’s first charter school opened in 1992, but that is now starting to change. Introduction. (February 3)


Segregation, Race, and Charter Schools: What Do We Know?
Brookings - Center on Children and Families

This report find that poverty—not race—is the real challenge for segregated schools, and that improving school quality is key to closing racial achievement gaps. Introduction. Related story. (October 25) 

New study finds charter schools have little effect on earnings
National Bureau of Economic Research

One argument for charter schools is that they provide a foundation for greater success in life, but this study of young adults indicates that those who attended a charter school in Texas are not earning significantly more and in some cases are earning less.  There is a charge for the full paper. (August 17)

The Performance of State Charter Schools in Georgia, 2014-2015
Georgia State University

This report documents the performance of 15 state charter schools in the 2014-15 school year and also provides performance data for 2013-14 and 2012-13 for 13 the state charter schools, other than Georgia Cyber and Odyssey, which operated in 2014-15. Related story. Related story. (July 1)

After 25 Years, What's Ahead for Charter Schools?
National Public Radio

At its annual meeting, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is using the moment to call for a fresh look at how these innovative public schools are managed and how they're held accountable. (June 28)

A Call To Action - To Improve the Quality of Full-Time Virtual Public Schools
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

This report proposes specific policy recommendations to help states better hold full-time virtual charter schools accountable for student results. Introduction. Related story. (June 21)

On Negative Effects of Vouchers

Recent research on statewide voucher programs in Louisiana and Indiana has found that public school students that received vouchers to attend private schools subsequently scored lower on reading and math tests compared to similar students that remained in public schools. (May 31)

Has School Choice Been All It Set Out to Be?

As the movement slows, policymakers have the opportunity to explore whether school choice has improved education overall. (May 5)

50-State Comparison: Charter School Policies
Education Commission of the States

Charter school laws vary from state to state, and often differ on several important factors, such as who is allowed to authorize charter schools, how authorizers and charter schools are held accountable for student outcomes and whether the teachers in a charter school have to be certified. (February 2016)


These Charter Schools Tried to Turn Public Schools Into Big Business.  They Failed.
Columbia Journalism School's Teacher Project

More and more these days, Americans think about schools using the language of business. Superintendents are “CEOs.” Districts manage “portfolios” of schools. And pundits talk obsessively about American schools’ “competitiveness.” But... (December 2015)

Online Charter School Students Falling Behind Their Peers
Mathematica Policy Research/CRPE Reinventing Public Ed/CREDO

Innovative new research suggests that students of online charter schools had significantly weaker academic performance in math and reading, compared with their counterparts in conventional schools. (November 2015)

Choice, Information and Constrained Options - School Transfers in a Stratified Educational System
New York University

(This is the report abstract.  Payment is required for full report in the American Sociological Review.) Chicago study documents that fewer than 5 percent of students who transfer move to a high performing school. (September 2015)

Georgia's charter schools: Uneven results and delays in closing failing ones
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The AJC had a long front-page story this morning examining the state’s push for more charter schools despite their mixed record and the failure to close the ones that don’t live up to their contractual performance commitments. (July 2015)

The Performance of State Charter Schools in Georgia, 2013-2014
Governor's Office of Student Achievement and State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia

This report finds charters approved by the commission do not have a rousing track record of success, which could mean the initial wariness of the school boards was warranted.Or, the lackluster track record could signify these young schools are having growing pains and student performance might improve as the schools mature. Related story. Related story - (requires subscription.) (May 2015)

Urban Charter School Study
Center for Research on Education Outcomes - Stanford University

Across 41 regions, urban charter schools on average achieve significantly greater student success in both math and reading, which amounts to 40 additional days of learning growth in math and 28 days of additional growth in reading. IntroductionRelated story. (May 2015)