The benefits of charter schools are still unknown, based on two major studies that offer opposing views of their effectiveness. One study found that charter-school students outperform their public-school peers, while the other found that charter-school students perform worse or at the same level as those in public school. "The people who said this was going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread were wrong," said Robert Maranto, a University of Arkansas professor of education reform. "The people who said it would be a calamity were equally wrong."
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