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Chicago School Strike: The Failure of Charter Schools

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Thursday, 13 September 2012 04:47

A NYT article reports that one of the background issues in the strike of Chicago public school teachers is the increased use of charter schools, which is advocated by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It would have been worth reminding readers that charter schools do not on average outperform the public schools they replace. If Emanuel is advocating increased use of charter schools he is either unfamiliar with recent research in education or has some motive other than improving student performance.

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The Michigan Charter School Research Project
written by Nathan Rix, September 13, 2012 10:04
There is an interesting Michigan-wide research project underway at the Ford School directed by Susan Dynarski and Brian Jacob. I am eager to see if their results fall in the Diane Ravitch reform camp (as you site) or the Wendy Kopp/Michelle Rhee/Democrats for Education Reform camp, which still sees room for charters in the public education system. Here's to hoping that neither groups ignore underlying socioeconomic issues of poverty and unemployment in their analysis, to name just two.

http://closup.umich.edu/michigan-charter-school-research-project/
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written by Brett, September 13, 2012 11:42
How do the Charter Schools compare in terms of cost to regular schools? If they're cheaper on average, then it would still be worthwhile to have them even if they don't outperform public schools. Plus, you can focus them on particular subjects, like what the "magnet" high schools used to have (and what many public schools used to have in terms of programs before NCLB).
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written by urban legend, September 13, 2012 10:26
In a conflict between any union and a tough-guy egomaniac like Rahm Emanuel, you can be absolutely sure that it is Emanuel who is at fault. It is all about his ego: he doesn't give a crap about what the data show about the failure of charter schools not only not to meet their promised results, but not even to outperform neighborhood schools; or about the unreliability of testing as a method to evaluate teacher performance. He just knows what he knows, and is willing to cause a strike to get his way. CTU President Lewis called Emanuel and liar and a bully. The liar part I don't know, but she is surely dead on with the bully call.

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