A private school turns charter, 20 years after the first charter schools opened in Missouri

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Feb 25, 1:00 AM

A private school turns charter, 20 years after the first charter schools opened in Missouri

The first charter schools opened in Missouri 20 years ago with a promise of a better education for students in struggling urban districts. Advocates said competition from charters would pressure traditional public schools to improve. Opponents worried that charters would siphon students and funding from neighborhood schools. While charter school enrollment has grown to nearly 12,000 students in St. Louis, or 36 percent of the city’s public school student population, academic results have been mixed.

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