12,000 students are on waitlists for seats in high-performing public charter schools in Washington, DC. Yet the district won't release 1 million square feet of abandoned school buildings to these charter schools.
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The record of DC charters in improving student performance is at an all-time high. The share of charter students meeting state college- and career-readiness benchmarks (PARCC) has increased every year!
Charter schools have higher proficiency rates on the state tests than open enrollment DC public schools do among African American students and among those who are considered at-risk — homeless, in foster care, eligible for food stamps or welfare, or overaged and undercredited.
Charter schools have boosted high school graduation rates, which are higher in charters than the city average — both for students as a whole and, significantly, for economically disadvantaged students.
Public Charter School Student Success!
Compared to district school peers, urban charter school students received approximately 40 additional days of learning in math and 28 additional days of learning in reading
Gains more pronounced for minority students from low income backgrounds
Black students living in poverty gained 59 additional days in math, and 44 days in reading