Jun 19, 2012 at 6:40 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Twenty years after the nation's first charter school opened up in St. Paul, the effectiveness of charter schools is still being debated.
Minnesota Public Radio News reports (http://bit.ly/Mh2ZO5) that there are currently about 5,000 charter schools serving 2 million students nationwide.
But despite their growth, a University of Minnesota study finds that students at Twin Cities area charter schools scored lower on math and reading tests than counterparts at traditional schools.
Charter school advocates say they give families a choice and help minority and low-income families.
Charter school officials are gathering in Minneapolis this week to discuss the movement's progress. Leaders with the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools expect about 4,000 people to attend the conference, which runs Tuesday through Friday.
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