“Most charter schools – I don’t want to say every one – but most charter schools, they don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don’t keep them,” said Hillary Clinton at a recent South Carolina interview.
It seems that Clinton, one of the democratic presidential candidates and once a supporter of charter schools, has flip-flopped on her stance. This could be in part, because of endorsements she has received from The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers – the two largest teachers unions in the nation.
Due to Mrs. Clinton’s recent flip flop on charter schools, school choice groups have been speaking out on behalf of the charter school movement. Jeanne Allen, founder of The Center for Education Reform, responded with, “The vast majority of charter schools in the United States serve children who were not succeeding in their traditional public schools. The vast majority of charter schools serve children who live in poverty, or close to poverty. The vast majority of charter schools transform the lives of the kids they serve at a fraction of the cost of traditional public schools. And the vast majority of charter schools not only have to fight to educate children, they have to fight the daily attacks from bureaucrats and special interests who place paychecks and adult jobs over the futures of disadvantaged kids.”
Over ten percent of students in the US attend public charter schools in more than 160 school districts nationwide. Those numbers continue to climb each school year.