With a new administration in place in Jefferson City, don't be surprised if discussion of charter schools (amongh other school choice initiatives) ramps up in the coming months. With this in mind, the Show-Me Institute's Director of Education Policy has released an essay exploring the most basic question of all concerning charters: Are they effective? The question sounds simple, but the answers are nuanced and multifaceted. McShane's essay surveys and synthesizes data about the impact charter schools have on the students who attend them and also the students who remain in traditional public schools. Click on the link below to read the entire paper.