A few days ago, I published a post about a longitudinal research study about the importance of stability in children’s lives. Changing schools may sometimes be necessary, but it is not optimal. The charter industry believes that the frequent opening and closing of schools is a demonstration of accountability.

Caroline Beck of the Indianapolis Star reported on the high closure rate of the city’s charter schools.

When Lindsay Holley heard that her son’s charter school would be closing in the middle of the school year, she was at work.

“I couldn’t even focus because I was like, Oh is my gosh, I can’t have him sitting out of school for too long,” the east side resident said.

Holley had to scramble to find a new school for her son, Jhace Moore, a second grader who had attended the HIM by HER Collegiate School for the Arts since it opened three years ago. The Martindale-Brightwood school closed suddenly in January, citing low enrollment that led to financial woes. The closure left Jhace and about 200 other students in the lurch.

While it’s rare to see a school close mid-year, it’s not uncommon for charters to close their doors. Out of the nearly 100 charters that have opened in the county since 2001, when the state passed a law allowing charters, 31 have closed. More than half of those, including HIM by HER, closed because of financial concerns and or low enrollment, an IndyStar analysis found.

And while no one likes school closures, charter school advocates often highlight closures as a sign that the accountability process is working.

“It’s hard to say this when you get a school that closes in the middle of the year, but charter schools closing is a feature of the system, not a bug,” Marcie Carter-Brown, the director for the Indiana Charter School Network, told IndyStar.

But others say these closures can be a disruptive force for a group of students that are already vulnerable to low student outcomes, particularly students of color.

When the HIM by HER school closed, the IPS Community Coalition, Baptist Minister’s Alliance and Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis called for a pause in approving more charter schools in Indianapolis.

“It’s high time to stop this insane experiment in letting almost anybody with some idea about how to educate children to be legally authorized to do so,” Concerned Clergy said in a statement. “Taxpayers are throwing good money after bad.”