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The Downside of Charter Schools in Houston

A few weeks back, we talked about expansion of charter schools in Houston. As we heard, some see benefits to charter schools, but there are potential downsides too. Today we talk with a public education advocate, about how charter schools may drain funding from public schools, essentially super-serving a small number of students at the expense […]

A few weeks back, we talked about expansion of charter schools in Houston. As we heard, some see benefits to charter schools, but there are potential downsides too. Today we talk with a public education advocate, about how charter schools may drain funding from public schools, essentially super-serving a small number of students at the expense of the many remaining in public schools. Charter schools aren’t subject to the same requirements as public schools. And all charter schools aren’t created equal. Recently, the Children First Academy was closed by the Texas Education Agency. We talk to Dr. Bob Wimpelberg, Executive Director of the All Kids Alliance and Tracy Young the Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for Texas Charter Schools Association as well as Houston Public Media‘s own Education Reporter, Laura Insensee.

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