Discipline, not academics, may draw parents to charters

Parents of the some 1.2 million U.S. charter school students may be more concerned with "discipline, safety and student satisfaction than academic performance," says University of Houston economist Scott A. Imberman, who reviewed testing, attendance and disciplinary data in one large school district with charter and regular public schools. In the unidentified district that Imberman studied, students at charters did seem to behave better, his data suggest.

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