Charter Schools

Although charter schools offer one kind of choice for parents, they do not offer a clear advantage for students. In general, about one-fourth of charter schools perform better than traditional public schools, and about one-fourth do worse; the rest are a wash.  Charter schools pull money away from traditional classrooms, lack financial transparency and performance accountability, and have the very real possibility of re-segregating our schools.  The National Education Association, Black Lives Matter, and the NAACP have all called for a moratorium on for-profit charter schools. Aurora Public Schools must be cautious when considering any new charter school within the District, whether it’s for-profit or not. A better choice approach is to design educational models such as magnet schools, teacher-led schools, and lab schools; models that increase student achievement and build stronger communities within the existing public school system.