Monthly Archives: October 2012

Charter Schools, Dropout, and At-Risk Students

An “oldie, but a goodie” article from the New York Times about charter schools and at-risk students. An excerpt: … Julian Vasquez Heilig, a professor at the University of Texas College of Education who studies how incentive systems affect student achievement, said his research had found a higher dropout rate for all charters — not just those that focus on dropout recovery —

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Great Hearts Pt. II: Hey! The wealthy need segregated charters too!?

As previously discussed on this blog, Great Hearts Academies has targeted San Antonio. This is the same Great Hearts that attempted to enter Nashville and was rebuffed by the community. Kevin Huffman, Tennessee’s Education Commissioner, then retaliated against Nashville by withholding $3.4 million in state funding. What ever happened to those who espoused local control? It’s a bad idea when local choice is exercised

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“Don’t Believe the Hype” Pt. II: Charter Schools and College Readiness for Blacks

Last week I conducted a quick analysis of Majority Latina/o High Schools in Texas to understand what high schools in the state had a majority (more than 50%) of their Latina/o students college-ready (defined as scoring a 2200 on both Math and Reading) according to high-stakes Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exit testing. I concluded that only 8 of the

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