Charter schools are a big part of my work here at ACET. I’ve spent many hours both behind the scenes and hands-on with data analysis, reporting, grant writing, and capacity building. I enjoy the challenge of thinking of ways to communicate results in way to maximize usability and improve learning.
Schools, however, don’t function by student test scores alone. They need a number of things to maintain healthy functioning, including an appropriate number of students and available funding. Over time, some schools inevitably end up closing their doors. The reason for closure tends to vary, regardless of type of school (public, private, or charter). The Minnesota Department of Education recently released a list of charter school closures and the reasons for closure. The reasons are spread across four areas: academic, financial, enrollment, and other. From 1996 to 2009, thirty-seven charter schools have been closed. Below are the reasons listed for closures:
- Academic reasons: 2 (5.4%)
- Financial reasons: 25 (67.6%)
- Enrollment reasons: 15 (40.5%)
- Other reasons: 14 (37.8%)
Also, 18 schools were closed for more than one reason. Of those 18 schools, the most common reasons found together were financial and enrollment 7 (38.9%) or financial and other reasons 7 (38.9%).