Opportunity to Learn Campaign: New Infographic: Welcome to CharterLand!

CharterLand

Many policymakers like to herald charter schools as the cure-all solution to a struggling public education system. But even if you wanted to attend one, a charter might not want you. Based on research from Dr. Kevin Welner at the National Education Policy Center, this new infographic from the OTL Campaign illustrates the obstacles and pitfalls some charters set up to weed out or push out struggling students and those who need additional supports. While some charters do well by their students, even in the best possible scenario charter schools aren't a systemic solution to providing an opportunity to learn for all students.

Ensuring every student has access to a quality education shouldn't be a game, so is "CharterLand" really the best way forward for America?

Bienvenido a CharterLand! Click here for a version in Spanish / Clic aquí para una versión en español

For greater elaboration on the obstacles presented in CharterLand, along with citations, read “The Dirty Dozen: How Charter Schools Influence Student Enrollment,” and this recent Reuters Special Report: “Class Struggle - How charter schools get students they want.”

And check out NEPC's new book, Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance. Closing the Opportunity Gap brings together top experts who offer evidence-based essays that paint a powerful picture of denied opportunities. They also describe sensible, research-based policy approaches to enhance opportunities.

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Opportunity to Learn Campaign

The Opportunity to Learn (OTL) Campaign unites a growing coalition of advocates and organizers from across the country working to ensure that all students have access to a high quality public education. It includes local, state and national organizations, grassroots community leaders, policymakers, youth organizers, business leaders and philanthropic partners. The...

Kevin G. Welner

Kevin G. Welner is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, School of Education, specializing in educational policy and law. He is director of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), housed at CU Boulder. He earned both his J.D. (1988) and Ph.D. (1997) from UCLA. Welner's present research examines...