Arizona charter schools offer variety, but some question quality

11/16/2009 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Arizona has the largest percentage of public-school students in the country enrolled in its 500 charter schools, but Stanford University research shows that students who attended charter schools did not make as much academic progress as their peers in the state's conventional public schools. Supporters of charter schools dispute the research but allow that there is wide variation in quality among charters. Skeptics say Arizona's wide-open school choice should serve as a warning to ensure quality over quantity when promoting charters.

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