By Senator Bill Eigel: The evidence is overwhelming. Giving Missouri families choice in education helps ensure our children have access to high quality educational opportunities in areas where Missouri’s public schools are failing. It is time for Missouri’s behemoth education bureaucracy to face the fact that our state’s education outcomes are less than stellar in certain areas. In 2016, nearly 10,000 Missouri students dropped out of high school.
The status quo is failing many students across the Show-Me State, however, there is a better path forward: charter schools.
What is a charter school?
April 10 – In what could be the final opportunity to win approval from the Christie administration, 16 new charters schools are trying to open in New Jersey.
The proposals come predominantly from North Jersey but also include plans for schools in Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties. The state must decide by July if it wants to approve any of the schools.
However, his administration has approved fewer new schools in recent years and instead supported school choice through the expansion of existing schools.
By Nelson Smith, NACSA senior advisor and M. Karega Rausch, NACSA vice president of research and evaluation
Charter school growth is slowing down. A lot of folks are conjecturing about the reasons we’re seeing this slowdown. While we don’t have definitive answers, some new NACSA research may light another candle or two.