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American Federation of Teachers

Charter schools are a solution in search of a problem

New efforts to change Maryland's charter school law, buoyed by a recent report from the Abell Foundation, appear to be a solution in search of a problem. Maryland is among the best states in academic performance and achievement. The public school system here has been applauded by observers across the nation. Furthermore, when we examine the data we see that on the whole, charters do not perform better than high quality neighborhood public schools. This is even evident in municipalities that have been booming with charter school expansion. Recently the legislature commissioned a study on charter schools that came back with a particular set of recommendations that include expanding...

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