How Media Coverage of Charter Schools Changed in the Past Decade
Charter coverage became more opinionated and more negative between 2005 and 2015. In 2005, 73 percent of articles were neutral and 12 percent were negative, whereas by 2015, 53 percent were neutral, and 28 percent were negative. This occurred despite public opinion of charter schools becoming dramatically more positive during that time.
Opinion pieces made up a much larger share of charter school coverage in 2015 than in 2005. In addition, race became much more prominent in charter school coverage over time, with the share of articles that mentioned race rising from 7 percent in 2005 to 16 percent in 2015. By 2015, news stories were substantially less likely to be neutral, and when they were not, they were more likely to be negative than positive.