I do believe choice and competition are key ingredients to closing education gaps.But they must be paired with dispassionate accountability to weed out poor performers.
Students at Hiawatha perform substantially better on average than their traditional public school peers and they are disproportionately minority and low-income. A broader look at the available data on Minnesota’s charters suggest that Hiawatha is not an outlier.
When I asked the executive director, Eli Kramer, “How long is Hiawatha’s waiting list? The state’s highest-performing charters tend to have unused capacity.
And, because of that strong performance, those charters were substantially oversubscribed, with three times as many applicants as available seats.
The high-performing Success Academy schools were oversubscribed almost 6 to 1.
Now let’s contrast that with what I’ve learned about charters here.