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Costly Failure: new report co-authored by UO Sociology doctoral candidate tackles online charter schools

A new report from In the Public Interest that argues that California is wasting over $600 million a year on nonclassroom-based charter schools is gaining national attention with its recent mention in the Washington Post.

The report is co-authored by UO Associate Professor Gordon Lafer (Labor Education & Research Center) and doctoral candidate Larissa Petrucci (Sociology), alongside co-authors from In the Public Interest, and reveals that despite the high costs of these nonclassroom-based programs paid by California taxpayers, the educational outcomes of online charter schools are significantly below the state average, by every measure.

The full report can be found at