HB486- Public Charter School Expansion and Improvement Act of 2015

The bill specifies the calculation of local school system allocations to public charter schools and also makes charter schools in public and private buildings eligible to participate in the Public School Construction Program.

A recent study by Mathematica Policy Research used data from Florida and Chicago to measure the effects of charter high schools.

The study found that students enrolled in a charter public high school are 7 to 11 percent more likely to graduate than their peers enrolled in district-run schools. The study also found these same students were 10 to 11 percent more likely to enroll in college and were more likely to complete at least two years of post-secondary education than their counterparts in district-run schools.  Charter school attendance was associated with an increase in maximum annual earnings, finding that adults between the ages of 23 and 25 who had attended public charter high schools had earnings 12.7 percent higher than their peers who had attended district-run schools. 

At this time, 47 charter schools operate in Maryland, with approximately 18,000 students enrolled and another 14,000 on waiting lists. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Maryland has the fewest public charter schools of any state in the nation where charter schools are permitted. 

Maryland’s taxpayers are currently spending an average of about $14,300 per pupil. However, there are areas in our state that spend over $17,000 per pupil. Despite this record funding, Maryland’s students have an alarmingly high remediation rate when they get to college, with an average of 54.4 percent of students needing some level of remedial studies in English, reading, and/or math.

I fully support this bill.

For information on Maryland’s Charter schools visit mdcharternetwork.org

To read more about Mathmatica Policy Research report of charter schools click here: Charter School Report

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