March 9, 2015 1:32 PM

For NC charter schools, a spotty record on fulfilling promises

Allison Eisen and Helen F. Ladd: North Carolina charter schools are accountable to the State Board of Education for ensuring compliance with the provisions of their charters and applicable laws. But how well are they delivering on the promises that earned them the right to spend more than $380 million taxpayer dollars each year? Our analysis shows many charters are not making the grade. On average, these pioneering schools promised in their applications to maintain an 18:1 ratio of students to teachers. By 2011, the average was closer to 22:1. Likewise, charter applicants predicted 80 percent of their students would achieve proficiency on standardized tests. In reality, 71 percent did.

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