This New York Post story suggests that NYC charters have worked a miracle — closing the heretofore intractable racial achievement gap, and outperforming even affluent conventional public schools. If this is true, why haven’t other news outlets picked up the story? If it’s not true, in whole or in part, why hasn’t anyone refuted it?
I don’t think charters are miracle workers, and I am somewhat skeptical of reports of huge successes. But I also think they do a lot of things better than conventional public schools (which are adapting to meet the competition), such as providing greater support and a longer school day and year. Charter students are also more likely to come from more supportive homes, since parents need to take many affirmative actions to have their children attend charter schools.
So where does the truth lie?