Update: Charter Closures Decline As Number Of Schools Surges
Either charter schools have gotten a lot better over the past decade during which they've grown enormously in number -- this is what CER's Jeanne Allen tells HuffPost reporter Joy Resmovits -- or, well, they've just gotten better at avoiding being closed. Graph to the left, story here.
Interesting to see that even in the recent SIG era, during which charters were eligible to be closed for academic reasons (not just at the discretion of the authorizers), academic closures remain rare and overall closures are actually declining.
Note that the percentage of noncharter schools closed over this same period was pretty damn miniscule, too. There were precious few outright closures or conversions during the NCLB era except in a few big cities. Even restructurings (restaffings) were rare.
Still no official comment from the National Alliance on Public Charter Schools, or NACSA, or any of the other pro-charter folks, far as I've seen. Maybe they're already on vacation -- or the reporters who would be calling them have already flown the coop. CORRECTION: NAPCS was there at the CER event and gave remarks.