Charter schools may be multiplying fast across the country, but they’re stalled in affluent, high-performing suburban school systems. Of the 5,300 charter schools in the U.S., only one-fifth are in suburbs.
Suburban parents are frustrated by what they see as arbitrary policies to keep charter schools from spreading and are fighting back.
That’s the case with some parents in Montgomery County, Md., outside Washington, D.C., where Ashley Del Sole lives. Her oldest daughter is about to start school, but she can’t go to her neighborhood school because it’s overcrowded.
“My daughter is actually slated to go to a middle school next year for kindergarten because of the overcapacity problem,” Del Sole says.