About Those Long Waiting Lists at Charter Schools

Not all charter schools are in high demand…

Diane Ravitch's blog

A much ballyhooed California-based charter chain school called Citizens of the World opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in New York City despite community opposition. It hoped to attract white and middle-clsss families in the gentrified neighborhood.

It was supposed to open with 107 kindergarten and first grade students.

The Wall Street Journal reported that only 56 appeared.

The school may be closed due to low enrollment.

It probably didn’t spend enough to market its promise as a direct pipeline to college.

“The school’s experience demonstrates that charter schools, which often say parents need more choices, can be stung when parents’ decisions don’t fall their way. It also bolsters opponents who say that, despite claims of long wait lists and tales of parents craving alternatives, there isn’t as much demand for charter schools as supporters say.

“The school was put on probation because of low enrollment in October by State University of…

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