Around the state, charter schools are providing a longer school day, and for the same basic per-pupil amount that, in the traditional public schools, buys only a shorter day. The looming question for policy-makers is this: When it comes to bang for the buck, what’s the best way to expand the benefits of more learning time to the maximum number of urban students? It’s not by paying the traditional schools more for longer days and years. It’s by raising the cap on charter schools
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