Bruce Baker of Rutgers University has written a fascinating analysis of charter schools in New York City and Houston.

Do they enroll the same students as the nearby district schools?

Do they have higher test scores?

Do they spend the same amount of money?

These are very important questions, given the reformers’ belief that charter schools will close the achievement gap and solve the problem of poverty.

Spoiler alert: The charters do not enroll the same students; do not on average have higher scores than nearby district schools; and typically spend more money than district schools.

Please read this article. It has fascinating data.