I graduated from high school in 1999. Since then, I have had few interactions with anyone who works for my alma mater, and none in any formal capacity. No one called a year later to see if I went to college. No one checked to see if they could offer me any career support. I didn’t expect them to. They had done their job. I had graduated high school, and that was that. I suspect this is the case for most high school graduates.
Charter school expansion is just one of several school choice initiatives lawmakers in Jefferson City have proposed this legislative session. The first charter schools opened in Kansas City and Saint Louis in 1999, but many Missourians still have questions and concerns about charter schools and the quality of education they offer. A new Show-Me Institute essay addresses many of these questions by examining studies on charter school performance in Missouri. In addition, the essay describes barriers that are preventing charter schools from serving more children throughout the state.
Over at the Star, Joe Robertson put together a heart-wrenching piece of journalism documenting the struggles of Kansas City families trying to figure out where to send their kids to school. Should they take a chance and participate in a charter school lottery? Should they move to Kansas or another school district?
The past 40 years have seen a well-documented decline in Catholic school enrollment across the country. But what many people don’t know is that there has also been a decline in total private school enrollment—Catholic and otherwise—particularly in the last 15 years. The entire sector is shrinking.