While considering how to vote on this issue, it is important to consider if charter schools are effective in raising student achievement. Pro-charter supporters often quote studies supporting their contention that charter schools are more effective than traditional public schools, but many of the studies they cite are flawed. Charter schools often avoid taking at-risk students, students with physical or behavioral considerations and charter schools in poorer neighborhoods tend to attract the better students from public schools.
For a more balanced look consider the following:
Our public schools are seriously underfunded. In the past decade $5.5 billion has been stripped from state educational funding. Staffs have been severely reduced, teachers laid off, the number of school days has been shortened, and the teacher-pupil ratio has increased.
Charter schools would only take funds from the already stressed public school system. And for what?