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Wed Sep 12, 2012, 06:04 AM

14. The statistics overall show charters to have no advantage over public schools. 47% perform

 

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the same, 37% worse, 16% better, than comparable public schools (similar student populations). (I'm quoting those stats from memory, the percents may not be right on, but they're close to that).

The statistics also show charters to be more segregated and have fewer students with disabilities and limited english.

The statistics also show charters, on average, have lower retention rates (e.g. if you look at the entering class v. the graduating class, there's significant attrition -- indicating that students are being 'counseled out' or 'kicked out').

I'm not aware of any national or regional comparisons of graduation rates. Graduation rates of individual schools are not a particularly good indication of anything, as they can be juked so many ways. For example, if a school 'counsels out' the worst entering freshmen, leaving only the cream, it will have a high graduation rate. If it offers computerized make-up for truant days (easy to game) it will increase its graduation rate. There are many more.

What charters are for is to give a foot in the door to corporate interests, so they can suck off more tax dollars.

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