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Watch this video and read the accompanying op-ed. Seriously. It's uplifting and beautiful and I want to hear about a thousand more stories like what happened at Hot & Crusty.
Charter schools in Newark, New Jersey, are skimming off the least challenging, easiest to educate kids—a common charter strategy—they're not producing the stellar results you might expect from that, and they're getting rid of their problem students in large numbers. School Finance 101 writes:
So then, imagine if you will, an entire district of North Stars? Or an entire district of those who strive to achieve the same public accolades of North Star? That would sure work well from a public policy standpoint. They’d be in constant bitter battle over who could get by with the fewest of the lowest income kids. Anyone who couldn’t “cut it” in 5th or 6th grade, along with each and every child with a disability other than speech impairment would dumped out on the streets of Newark. Even after the rather significant front end sorting, we’d be looking at 45% citywide graduation rates—actually—likely much lower than that because some of the aspiring North Star’s would have to take students even less likely to complete under their preferred model.