HFA President Betty Pilchard and Public Relations Co-Chair Alaina Winters at graduation, May 2006

Study confirms that charter schools fall short of expectations

According to a new book-length study by the Economic Policy Institute, students in charter schools, on average, fare no better, and often do worse, on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) than do students in traditional public schools. Researchers also found charter schools enroll proportionally fewer low-income students.