Selected readings on US charter schools
New Haven has made progress toward improving public education, and much work remains to be done. For kids in the state’s second-largest city, there could be even more great news surrounding public education improvement.
Last month, over twenty-four letters-of-interest were submitted to the State Department of Education for the creation of new high-quality charter schools in Connecticut, including at least four in New Haven.
This is great news. Especially for the nearly four-thousand students who would like to attend, but haven’t yet received an opportunity to enroll at one of the New Haven’s twenty-nine charter and magnet schools, as the New Haven Independent recently reported.
Because charter schools in New Haven have been producing results, kids are lining up for a chance to enroll. In fact, 100 percent of New Haven’s charter schools are out-performing traditional public schools in the district, according to the School Performance Index data from the State Department of Education. And charters have been doing so despite receiving less state funding per-student.
New Haven is proving that it is serious about doing its part to close our state’s worst-in-the-nation achievement gap, and moving toward a future where every child has access to the high-quality public school option they desire and need. More high quality options are needed in New Haven and statewide to meet the growing parent demand for them.
We hope other cities and towns across the Constitution State take note of the example being set by New Haven – we must accommodate, and encourage, high-performing public charter school growth.