Phoenix's Expansion of Charter Schools

An aerial view of downtown Phoenix. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

The New York Times reports that the city of Phoenix has an ambitious new agenda to expand its charter schools:

The goal is to open 25 high-performing schools over five years within 220 square miles of the Phoenix Union High School District. The district, in South and central Phoenix, whose largely poor, majority Latino student body has grown faster than that of any other school district in that state, conforms to demographic trends that expect minorities to become the majority in Arizona by 2020.

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The Times reports that the "strategy is grounded in the principle that test scores offer the best way to measure students' progress and teachers' abilities, a tenet only modestly embraced by a majority of charter schools in Arizona." 

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Jim McCrea
4 years 3 months ago
“Arizona spends 17 percent less on public education than the national average and had the country’s largest drop in funding from 2002 to 2012 despite a 12 percent increase in enrollment, according to an analysis by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. Still, Republicans, who are the majority in the Legislature, are generally reluctant to increase taxpayers’ investment in public schools.” “The cost of operating those schools would be covered by the state, which already gives charter schools nearly twice the funding per pupil it gives to district public schools, although the public schools raise additional money through voter-approved bonds and other measures.” What more needs to be said?

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