Fine Print: New Charter School Study Praises NJ Gains, Draws NJ fire

Stanford researchers find significant gains for New Jersey urban charters over district schools

By John Mooney


The quote: “Charters undersubscribe the poorest students and oversubscribe the less poor, but CREDO treats those kids as matched anyway,” wrote Bruce Baker, a Rutgers University professor who has been among the most prolific critics. “Charters undersubscribe high-need special-education kids and oversubscribe mild learning disabilities, but CREDO treats those kids as matched. This creates a severe bias in favor of charters in Newark and in many other cities with similar sorting patterns and high average-poverty rates,” he said.