In recent years, charter schools have made great strides in closing the achievement gap. But they can only produce these impressive results if states have authorizers and laws that give these schools real autonomy, and real accountability for those that fail.

In this episode of “The Report Card with Nat Malkus,” on the AEI Education Podcast, host Nat Malkus talks to Cara Stillings Candal and David Osborne about lessons the country can learn from Massachusetts — the state with the highest performing charters — and how the principles of autonomy and accountability can transform the entire public education system, instead of innovating around the edges with a few charter schools.

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