Provides an overview of Casey's investments in charter schools, lessons learned, and challenges in securing funding, facilities, and teacher supply. Presents selected results such as higher reading and math scores and profiles of successful schools.
Successful Strategy: Between the time that Casey started investing in the 17 charter schools and the end of 2006, 81 percent of students showed increased achievement in reading and 59 percent showed increased achievement in math.
Successful Strategy: Students in more than half of these charter schools outperformed their district peers, with 71 percent performing better than their district average in reading and 59 percent performing better than their district average in math.
Observation: Casey-supported charter schools enroll a total of 6,110 students, of which 91 percent are ethnic minorities and 69 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
Observation: According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, under current policy arrangements charter schools get an average of 24 percent less per-pupil funding than traditional district schools.
Observation: The major challenges facing charter schools are: funding, facilities, and teacher supply.
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