Kansas needs to chart careful course regarding its charter schools



October 23, 2018 - 11:01 AM

A national, yet controversial, charter school movement intended to promote school choice and school reform has made its way rather quietly to Kansas. Currently, 11 charter schools operate within Kansas’ 286 public school districts. 

Begun as a way to encourage innovation in public schools which teach 90 percent of the nation’s students, charters are present in 43 states. 

Because charters are public but operate outside traditional education policies, they entice debate in other states, draw the attention of politicians and may well become a topic of discussion in Kansas’ next legislative session. 

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