Facts

School Choice

All About School Choice — Quick Facts

  • More than 100,000 students across the U.S. are using school choice vouchers to attend the private school of their choice. Over two dozen voucher programs exist in 14 states and D.C.
  • Tax credit-funded scholarship programs now help pay tuition for approximately 190,000 students, a school-choice program participation level that is surpassed only by enrollment in charter schools.

Just the FAQs—School Choice
→ What does school choice mean?
→ What kinds of school choice exist today?
→ Do school choice programs work?
→ Don’t choice programs just “cream” the best students?
→ Don’t these programs just subsidize the tuition of rich people and leave the poor behind?
→ Are choice scholarships programs constitutional?
→ Wouldn’t it be better to put more money into the existing school system instead?

Just the FAQs—Tuition Tax Credits and Tax Deductions
→ What are tuition tax credits and tax deductions?
→ Won’t these programs only benefit the wealthy?
→ Are tax credits vouchers?
→ Where can I find them?

Improving American Education With School Choice
An all-in-one document with quick data and facts about school choice options in the United States as of December 2012.

Fact-Checking School Choice Research
A reality check on the impact school choice is having throughout the country.

Charter Schools

All About Charter Schools — Quick Facts

  • There are more than 6,500 charter schools serving more than 2.5 million children across the country (December 2014). Visit CER’s National Charter School Directory for a complete searchable listing of schools and website links. Visit the National Charter School Directory for a complete searchable listing and website links.
  • Charter schools across the United States are funded at 64 percent of their district counterparts. On average, charter schools are funded at $7,131 per pupil compared to $11,184 per pupil at conventional district public schools.
  • There is a direct correlation between strong laws and successful charter schools. In 2012-13, there were 335 new charter school campuses in “A” or “B” charter law jurisdictions, while weaker laws who earned a “D” or “F’ saw only 13 new campuses. Of those states with strong laws, 65 percent show positive achievement gains; of the weak states, only two demonstrate the same level of progress. Jurisdictions with strong character school laws tend to experience the highest new school growth per year. Over 60 percent of charter schools are authorized by an outside entity.
  • Charter School Closures: Of the approximately 6,700 charter schools that have ever opened across the United States, 1,036 have closed since 1992. That means that 15 percent of charters have closed for cause.

Just the FAQs—Charter Schools
→ What is a charter school?
→ Where can I find charter schools?
→ How do charter schools differ from traditional district public schools?
→ Why are charter schools so popular?
→ How do charter schools work?
→ How are charter schools funded?
→ How do charter schools manage if they’re underfunded?
→ Do charter schools take money from traditional public schools?
→ How do charter schools impact the public school system?
→ Do charter schools work?

Annual Charter School Survey
CER’s annual national overview of the day-to-day operations of charters reveals that charter schools are experiencing stronger parental demand than ever before, with growing waiting lists at 65% of schools.

Charter School Primer
Charters 101: A quick guide from CER on understanding charter schools.

2012-13 National Charter School & Enrollment Statistics
Numbers on charter schools and charter school enrollment, including charter school growth over time.

Fact-Checking Charter School Achievement
Why some are saying only 1 in 5 charter schools perform, and why it’s wrong.

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