On June 6, 2023, Education Week published an article titled, “Charter Schools are Outperforming Traditional Public Schools: 6 Takeaways from a New Study.” Reporter Libby Stanford writes,

A new study shows that charter school students are now outpacing their peers in traditional public schools in math and reading achievement, cementing a long-term trend of positive charter school outcomes. The researchers used standardized testing data from over 1.8 million students at 6,200 charter schools to determine how student learning at the schools compares to traditional public schools.

Why are independently run public charter schools outperforming traditional public schools, and what does that mean for Montana education? That is the question that we want to explore in this February 2024 edition of our yearlong series.