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  •  And the effort to essentially dismantle (18+ / 0-)

    ... public education will only exacerbate the situation.

    I have had a number of discussions with a couple of friends who are big advocates of charter schools lately (primarily about not-for-profit charters). They invariably cite statistics that some of these low income student schools are sending 85% or more of graduating seniors to college. But where the discussion gets cloudy is that many of these schools are not only drawing money out of the public till, but they are also fundraising from corporate donors.

    That's all fine and good, but the average class size in many of these schools is 11 to 15.

    My challenge to the charter school advocates is to offer a solution that provides those kinds of numbers to every student, not just the self-selecting kids who get into charters. (And, yes, the charters can broom underperformers and bad actors.)

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    by Bob Johnson on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 06:41:22 AM PST

    •  Exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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      There's a whole racial aspect to this "new" economy as well.  I can't remember the statistic off hand at the moment, but something like 1 in 3 adult African American males have been or are in jail, a figure that I would argue is significantly impacted by the current economy.

    •  The sad thing is that these schools... (1+ / 0-)
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      These charter schools actually don't send more students to college, if what I have read is correct. Lots of these schools are complete scams.

      "The people have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take." - Emma Goldman

      by jvackert on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 07:13:29 AM PST

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    •  The charter "magic bullet" not so magic (4+ / 0-)

      A national study conducted by Stanford University economist Margaret Raymond found that 37% of charter schools got worse results than comparable neighborhood public schools, 46% did about the same and only 17% were superior to the local public schools.

      Charter schools have participated in the federal testing program since 2003. Charter school students have never outperformed students in regular public schools, except in isolated instances. In 2007, charter students had lower scores than students in regular public schools in fourth-grade reading, fourth-grade mathematics and eighth-grade mathematics. Only in eighth-grade reading did charter school students score the same as their peers in regular public schools.

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