Ripple Effect Improves Public Schools

Published October 1, 1999

A new research report from the Center for Education Reform provides solid evidence to show that–as well as improving education for those students who attend charter schools–charter schools improve education for students who remain in traditional public schools.

“From curriculum changes to private partnerships to uniforms to longer school days and smaller classes to new business practices, charter schools have changed the face of U.S. education and have tipped the balance toward real and lasting reform,” said CER President Jeanne Allen.

Copies of the report, Charter Schools: A Progress Report Part III: The Ripple Effect–A Cresting Wave, are available from the Center for Education Reform, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW #204, Washington, DC 20036, 202/822-9000. The report also is available at the Center’s Web site at