Obama’s Investments in High-Performing Public Charter Schools Have Huge Payoff

Federal Policy

September 28, 2015

By Charles Barone and Marianne Lombardo

Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce annual federal Charter Schools Program grants to states and non-profit charter management organizations. This round of grants marks a new milestone in President Obama’s education reform legacy. What distinguishes Obama from his predecessors, and what makes him a true champion of our nation’s schoolchildren, is his coupling of new investments in public school choice with a laser-like focus on high-performance, especially for poor and minority students. This Administration has invested a small but significant amount of funding in the replication and expansion of charter school management organizations that have a proven track record of high performance – something no other President has done. Here is a brief rundown on the beneficial impact of this initiative.

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