Everything you need to know about non-profit public charter schools.with a link to this page.
I went to the page and found a brief statement about the charter school initiative and video about a charter school in Tennessee. Not exactly everything I needed to know.
I also found a link to this page, which proved more informative. This page had a lot of statements like this:
- Public charter schools were more effective for lower income and lower achieving students than for higher income and higher achieving students. In addition, charter schools in large urban areas had positive impacts on student achievement in math. (Mathematica Policy Research, 2010).
- Black and Hispanic students who attended charter schools in NYC for eight years closed the achievement gap with affluent suburbs like Scarsdale by 86% in math and 66% in English. (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2009).
Also, call me cynical, but when I read things like this:
Many Hispanic and black students who attend charter schools are better at reading and math than those in traditional public schools.
- Students enrolled at public charter schools found in Hispanic areas across the country are 7.6% more likely to proficient in math and 4.2% more likely to be proficient in reading than in their traditional school counterparts (Harvard University/National Bureau of Economic Research, 2004).
- Charter schools in Minnesota, Missouri, and Louisiana found positive effects on black students’ achievement in reading and math. (Stanford University/CREDO, 2009)
- Hispanic students at public charter school students in Missouri do better compared to their traditional school peers in both math and reading . In addition, Hispanic public charter school students do better in math in Arkansas, Colorado and Louisiana than their traditional public school peers (Stanford University/CREDO, 2009).
I can't help thinking that the incremental outperformance reflected in the first statistic may be attributable to the family involvement necessary to choose a public school. I can't help thinking that the second bullet point means that charter schools in thirty-eight other states did not find positive effects on black students' achievement in reading and math. I can't help thinking that the third bullet point also means that the opposite is true in the rest of the forty-one states with charter schools. Call me cynical, but this data is not persuasive.
This is my favorite bullet point on the page:
Well-run charter public schools perform significantly better than traditional public schools.Duh! Well-run public schools perform significantly better than traditional public schools. Sweet pickles are sweeter than sour grapes, but that doesn't mean that pickles are sweeter than grapes.
Each of these statistics are sourced, but when I click through to the source I find much more conflicted data than what is reported by Stand for Children. Those must be things that they don't think I need to know.
When are we going to see an honest argument in support of the Washington state charter school initiative? When are we going to see someone step forward and give us a reason to believe that the charter schools will be high quality schools?