Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education

Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education

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Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education
Publisher
Research Report 6
Published Date
Subjects
Research Reports
ISBN
978-1-922184-53-5
Series No.
RR6

Charter schools and free schools – publicly-funded, privately-managed schools – have been introduced in several countries around the world as a way of extending school choice, particularly for low income families. This report examines the policies and research on charter schools and their equivalents in five countries –USA, Sweden, Chile, England and New Zealand. Research shows that certain types of charter schools have a strong positive impact on the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. For-profit schools have mixed results on average, but some school management companies have been successful. The policy context and governance arrangements are critical. Australian governments should consider introducing charter schools, with careful attention to the policy and regulatory lessons from the experience in other countries.