U.S. Secretary of Education says Arbitrary Caps on Charter Schools 'don’t make sense'

PHOTO CREDIT: Susan Walsh / AP

PHOTO CREDIT: Susan Walsh / AP

According to the latest article from USA Today's Gregg Toppo, the U.S. Education Secretary John King added his voice to the school choice debate earlier this week at the National Press Club, criticizing what he called “arbitrary caps” on the growth of high-quality charter schools, publicly funded but, in many cases, privately operated K-12 schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia. 

King continued adding that the United States is “fortunate, I think, as a country, to have some high-performing charters that are doing a great job providing great opportunities to students — charters that are helping students not only perform at higher levels academically, but go on to college at much higher rates” than students at similar neighborhood public schools. “That’s good. We should have more schools like that, and I think any arbitrary cap on that growth of high-performing charters is a mistake.”

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