The Center for American Progress recognizes there are many strategies to reach the end goal of ensuring a quality education for every child. This includes a balanced approach to opening and supporting charter schools and other forms of public school choice. While high-quality charter schools have been a critical strategy to increase opportunity and create more good seats for students, some of the critiques of the charter sector also have merit and must be addressed. We argue that there is a progressive case for charters focused on growing and learning from successful models, while also addressing gaps in charter policy, such as the problems with for-profit, virtual charter schools.
See the K-12 Education team’s other core priority areas:
High-quality charter schools exemplifying progressive values by providing historically underserved students with equal educational opportunity deserve our support.
Collaboration in special education between charter schools and traditional public school districts offers the potential to benefit students with disabilities.
A CAP chart illustrates the differences between strong policies for public charter schools and the plan from President Donald Trump and his secretary of education nominee, Betsy DeVos.
Great principals are critical to student success and their preparation and development is a key priority for successful school networks.