Wait, Wait. Don’t Mislead Me! Nine Reasons to Be Skeptical About Charter Waitlist Numbers

In this Policy Memo, Kevin Welner and Gary Miron outline nine reasons that policymakers, reporters and others should be skeptical about reports that purport to show that large numbers of students are on charter school “waitlists”. Undoubtedly many students who wish to enroll in popular charter schools are unable to do so; however, the overall waitlist numbers are likely much less than advocates’ estimates.