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izzybeans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-03-10 01:53 PM
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18. It certainly critiques the school but it also acknowledges that
Edited on Wed Mar-03-10 01:56 PM by izzybeans
it was undergoing a big reform and was dealing with severe turnover in the administration.

It looks like the board shut this school down in midstream as it was working on the type of curriculum and instructional reforms advocated by most education reformers.

The bit about the students sitting with their heads down was troubling for sure, but this report doesn't justify the nuclear option for the school.

Looking at the turnaround schools here in Chicago, there appears to be little justification for the policy. They disrupt student achievement and force the school to start from scratch. if a charter company comes into this school to manage it they are just going to make the same reforms that were already in place in this school (e.g. differentiated instruction, literacy infused specials courses, etc.). Hell they'll probably hire back many of the old teachers (without union contracts of course). That's how it works here.

I do not advocate locking charters out of public schools like many people do. If they allow students to go beyond attendance boundaries and attend schools whose children are more committed to education than the one in their neighborhood (which is the case in many low income neighborhoods-urban and rural) so be it. To me its not about competition but choice. If you are a family living near a poorly performing school with a lot of violence, drugs, etc. would you want to be stuck with that as your only option? No.

But there are times when over-zealous reforms harm the children they were intended to help. I'd place big bets on that happening here.
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