Press Release

AFT Statement on CREDO Charter School Study

For Release: 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Scott Stephens


Washington—AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement on a study of student achievement in charter schools in 26 states and New York City released today by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University.

"The message here, no matter how it is framed, is that 20 years after the start of the charter school movement, even with all the private energy and public policy cheerleading it has engendered, students in charter schools roughly perform the same as students in the rest of public education—not the leaps and bounds that were promised. While any gain in achievement is welcomed, we should use the CREDO findings as an opportunity to pause and ask ourselves why we keep pitting charter schools against neighborhood public schools—a strategy that has created little more than a disruptive churn.

"Both charters and neighborhood schools have their place, but rather than closing neighborhood schools and replacing them with charter schools, we should return to the original mission of charter schools—as laboratories for innovation and creative ideas that can be scaled up so they can benefit all children, not just some."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.