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Charters — good, bad, ugly

“Chicago’s charters look pretty good” in a new study from Stanford, according to Catalyst.  Nationally, the study finds “a two-to-one margin of bad charters to good charters,” in the words of its lead author.

As PURE points out, Chicago’s charters are “pretty good” in math, not reading — and not for students who happen to be African American or Hispanic, or in need of special education, or learning English.  And as long as the charter school doesn’t decide a student isn’t an “asset” and transfer him or her out.  

That doesn’t happen in traditional schools.  It happens a lot in charters — often just before tests, as one teacher writes. 

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