Why is it important to focus national attention on quality charter schools?
At Building Hope we believe by supporting the growth of quality charter schools we will help improve the quality of education in the United States particularly in low-income and minority communities.
According to the 2013 National Charter School Study conducted by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, charter school enrollment has expanded since 2009 among black and Hispanic students and those living in poverty – all of whom have better outcomes, on average, in charter schools.
“These findings lend support to the education and social policies that focus on education as the mechanism to improve live chances for historically underserved students. Charter schools are especially beneficial learning environments for these students,” the Study concluded.
And, we believe charter schools do more than just create better academic opportunities for students. They also have the ability to transform entire communities by becoming a place where people can build consensus and work to enhance the public good. In fact, some schools are becoming innovators both for their educational programs and for providing community services not traditionally associated with a learning environment, such as social services support and onsite health care centers.
As education advances to meet the needs of the 21st century, Building Hope will continue to support highly qualified charter schools to help secure a better future for all of America’s children.