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New Study on Charter School Applications Is Useful, in Measured Doses

By Frederick Hess & Jenn Hatfield
April 25, 2017

How can we ensure charter school quality without recreating the bureaucracy that suffuses public education? That’s a persistent challenge. Last week, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a report analyzing factors in charter school applications that predict mediocre performance in a school’s first two years of operation. Used wisely, the report offers some real value. But as with so much education research, how it’s used matters immensely.

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