MAY 2020: Charter Schools

MAY 2020: Charter Schools

Current Research for Public Forum Debate Class…

TOPIC: Charter Schools


A charter school is an independent educational resource for a community that is still publicly funded. It can be established by a community group, an organization of parents, of a group of teachers, but must follow the terms of a charter that are dictated by local, regional, or national authorities or oversight groups. They are often called a “school of choice” because parents can opt to send their children to a charter school instead of their assigned public school. The benefit of a charter school [education] is that it operates outside of the regulations that in-district schools are forced to follow. They are still accountable for academic results and must prove evidence of their performance capabilities. Being able to operate outside of the regulations can also be a disadvantage as it reduces the amount of oversight that may be in place for the school. Guide to Understanding the Charter School Debate (Public School Review, April 18, 2019)


The ABCs of Charter Schools,
Miami Herald, September 6, 2018 [1 min]

Flexibility For Accountability: Why Charter Schools Succeed,
PolicyEd, December 20, 2017 [2 min]

Waiting for “Superman”,
The Film, 2010 [3 min]

[Optional: Worthy of your time] Changing Education Paradigms,
RSA Animate, October 14, 2010 [12 min]
Note: Most students report that they really enjoyed this animated video about education killing creativity in students.


Your Guide to Understanding the Charter School Debate,
Public School Review, Last Updated: April 18, 2019

How the Debate Over Charter Schools Is Fueling the Los Angeles Teacher Strike,
TIME Magazine, January 10, 2019

Charter Schools and Public Schools Have Same Academic Performance, Report Finds,
Newsweek, September 26, 2019

The Precarious Position of the Charter School Sector,
U.S. News & World Report, June 17, 2019

[Optional] 12 Pros and Cons of Charter Schools,, Last Accessed: May 2020


Waiting for Superman: The Heroes and the Villains of Education,
Public School Review, Last Updated: October 17, 2019 [3 min]

Charter School Case Studies: Failures Despite Generous Funding and Stanford Backing,
Public School Review, Last Updated: January 15, 2020

Resolved: On balance, charter schools are beneficial to the quality of education in the United States (Bibliography),
DebateUS!, May 1, 2020

Charter Schools Daily Update,
DebateUS!, May 2, 2020

Study finds Newark Charter Schools Improve Test Scores,, January 15, 2020

TED: Do Schools Kill Creativity?,
Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk, January 6, 2007 [20 min]

TED: Creativity is a Remix,
Kirby Ferguson, TED Talk, August 10, 2012 [10 min]


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