A recent letter to the Herald-Leader in Lexington shows misinformation about charter schools continues in Kentucky.
The letter in question was posted by Alan DeYoung. He makes a number of incorrect statements.
For example, Mr. DeYoung claims charter schools have been around for 40 years. That is not true. The first charter school operations started in Minnesota in 1992.
Furthermore, it took some time before enough of these schools came into existence to allow any sort of reasonable study of their effectiveness. Even today, the number of charter school studies is rather thin. However, a series of reports done by the CREDO team at Stanford University, starting with one issued in 2009, shows that charter schools outperform in several states including: Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri. That has to lift the overall state average performance.
In addition, in the 15 states plus the District of Columbia CREDO studied, pages 32 and 33 in the report say once students spent sufficient time in charters to benefit, then charter performance in general was better than in traditional public schools across all 16 of these educational jurisdictions.