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Charter schools perform worse when run for profit

A new report has found that students in charter schools run by for-profit companies perform markedly worse than their peers in nonprofit charters. The study, conducted by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, found that students attending nonprofit-run schools had faster average academic growth than those in for-profit schools — a difference approximating 23 extra days of learning in math and six extra days in reading.

The study also compared the performance of students in for-profit charters with that of their peers in traditional public schools. It found that the students in for-profit charters perform worse in math and do no better in reading.

Michigan, the home state of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, leads the nation in charter schools run by for-profit companies. 

Education Week, June 12

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