Policy Documents

Charter Schools

Heartland Institute Staff –
May 16, 2007

Those concerned with reforming America’s public education system are compelled by three goals: parents want their children to receive a quality education, educators want the tools and flexibility to teach, and school boards and governments demand measurable results such as higher test scores and graduation rates.

Oftentimes these goals are presented as exclusive of one another, but as you will learn upon reviewing the enclosed R&C, charter schools satisfy all three:

  • A majority of parents with children enrolled in charter schools are “extremely satisfied” with the quality of education received;
  • The chartering process gives educators a great deal of flexibility and enables innovation in the allocation of resources; and
  • Charter schools outperform traditional public schools while improving the quality of other public schools by injecting competition into the educational system.