New Mythbuster: D.C. charter school data exposes latest numbers on discipline and diversity

Emily Leayman of Watchdog.org reveals that Equity Reports has released its fourth annual report on charter schools. New results show that charter schools are making progress in reducing discipline rates and are serving diverse student populations. These findings combat two of the most prevalent stereotypes opponents commonly use against the charter school system.

The latest DCPCS board analysis of all the charter schools shows increasing gains in economically disadvantaged and special education subgroups of students in the 2015-16 school year. The analysis also indicated that for the first time 15.4 percent of special education population in charters has surpassed the city’s 15.2 percent average. By race, the sector has remained above the city average for black students and below for white students. Read more here.