Just seven years ago, support for charter schools was nearly equal among Republicans and Democrats. Since that time, there has been a growing divide between the parties on many education reform issues, leading to the lowest level of support for charters since 2008.
But according to the Center American Progress, charter schools are far from being anathema to progressive values. In fact, in their newly released report, The Progressive Case for Charter Schools, they argue that high-quality charter schools actually exemplify progressive values.
As the authors state, “High-quality and accountable charters are successfully improving student achievement and closing the opportunity gap for low-income students of color through innovation within the public education system.” The report goes on to focus on four areas of the charter sector that are driving innovation by progressive practices:
- Committing to college success
- Rethinking student discipline
- Increasing teacher diversity
- Supporting vulnerable populations
While the reasons for support may be different among progressives, conservatives, and independents, advocates can agree that all children deserve access to a high-quality education that will prepare them to fulfill their highest potential.
To learn more about the study or connect with the team at the Center for American Progress, click here. If you would like find out more about the PIE Network members who are working on charter school issues, click here.