Oregon charter school movement ranks “weakest” in nation

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Oregon charter school movement ranks “weakest” in nation

9:11 p.m. PST March 8, 2016

Oregon’s charter school growth is the weakest among 18 states ranked by a group promoting their use.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its report,  “The Health of the Charter Public School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis,” which measures growth, in the charter school movement, innovation and quality.

Monday the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the latest report evaluating the “health of the charter public school movement” in key states across the country. Oregon placed 18th in the rankings, out of 18 states.

The report ranks Washington, D.C., in the No. 1 spot, followed by Indiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Florida, Arizona, Rhode Island, Colorado and Missouri. At the bottom of the list are Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Utah and Oregon.

States with higher rankings have a large percentage of students in charter schools, strong rates of new schools opening and serve a significant amount of historically under-served students.

Oregon placed at the bottom for several reasons,ns including:

  • A relatively low percentage of Oregon’s public school students are charter school students.
  • In Oregon, charter public schools serve a lower percentage of racial and ethnic minority students and free and reduced-price lunch students than traditional public schools.
  • Oregon’s charter public school students exhibited lower academic growth, on average, when compared with traditional public school students.

For more information, go to www.publiccharters.org.

npate@StatesmanJournal.com, (503) 399-6745 or follow on Twitter @Nataliempate or http://www.Facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist

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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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