Here’s an interesting statistic from a depressing account of the state of New York schools:
The data also cast new doubt on the ability of charter schools to outperform their traditional school peers. Statewide, only 10 percent of students at charters graduated in 2009 at college-ready standards, though 49 percent received diplomas. The state has not yet calculated results for every district and school.
Given that the college-ready rate in city districts is between 5 and 23 percent, charter schools are at best on par with urban districts, and probably worse. So much for the fantasy that parents can self-organize a better school than the admittedly terrible one in their neighborhood.