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The barriers that make charter schools inaccessible to disadvantaged families

from The Brookings Institution

Charter schools can provide options to families who otherwise might not have them. This is, in essence, the equity-based argument for charters. Wealthier families have long enjoyed school choice by paying to live in neighborhoods with good public schools or enrolling in private schools. Poorer families have depended on public school systems to provide high-quality education in neighborhoods they can afford. Charter schools have the potential to expand families' tuition-free options, closing the gap in school choices between wealthier and poorer families. However, they only expand families' options if they are genuinely accessible — not just technically available. An assortment of barriers can get in the way. more


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