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  •  Death of a neighborhood middle school (7+ / 0-)

    It's all true--I've lived it. Charters in my city played by their own rules. One in particular pushed a longstanding neighborhood school out and took over the building. All the while building a rep on the backs of the "cream" students they skimmed off the neighborhood's top. Yes, they worked to exclude language learners. Yes, they worked to exclude special needs students. And yes, they funneled misbehaving and underperforming students back into the neighborhood school that they were competing with. To top things off, they slagged the neighborhood school publicly on many occasions.  

    This is not second-hand information: I was in a position to witness every bit of it with my own eyes.

    Because the middle school that took over doesn't have the capacity of the orignal neighborhood school, most of the kids in the area, many of whom could walk to school, are now bussed out of the area.

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