Yesterday Josh Metcalfe, one of my commenters made this comment:
I’m all for parents having choice, but I’m wary of Charter Schools becoming a way to prey on underprivileged kids and put them on a single career path from an early age. And so you could have corporations locking these kids to work for them for life.
Now I’m not saying that this’ll definitely happen but it’s something to be mindful of.
Obviously the comment is loaded with the group-think and approved lines ofÂ the teacher unions, and he makes assertions with no evidence. Other commenters call him out and he then abandons any pretence of discussion and accuses other commenters of talking past each other. Yet he was the one making broad and bald assumptions without a shred of evidence. He goes on to make all the usual claims.
Clearly though he isn’t reading the building bodies of evidence that show that the union centric control of schooling is failing and that the refreshing and unrestrictive methods used in charter schools are achieving huge success in any jurisdiction you care to mention.
Quite simply the facts do not support the lies that the teacher unions are telling everyone via a compliant and uncritical media.Â As the model is bedded in across different places there is some good stuff coming out:
How can policymakers, educators, and parents know if charter schools are delivering on their promise of improving studentsâ€™ lives? Test scores are the barometer most frequently used. While test scores can tell us a lot about school quality, they donâ€™t always indicate how effective schools are at helping students secure a better future â€“ from high school graduation, through college, and into the workforce. Now, for the first time, we have solid data about how charter schools not only improve studentsâ€™ academic performance, but also give them a great start in life. Read more »
Despite their attempts at rhetoric to the contrary the union and opposition stance against Charter Schools is looking more and more stupid. Especially the “there is no evidence of success overseas” approach.
Some pieces speak for themselves:
Recently, a leading education research center at Stanford University released a comprehensive study looking at the academic performance of students in public charter schools compared to their traditional school peers in 27 states.
The results of this study deliver promising news for students in Mississippi whose needs are not currently being met, especially for the two-thirds of our public school students who are growing up in poverty. Across the nation, charter school students living in poverty gain the equivalent of an extra 14 days of instruction in reading and 22 days in math each year compared to their traditional public school counterparts. African-American students in poverty who attend charter schools see an even larger gain with the equivalent of an additional 29 days of learning in reading and 36 days in math per year when compared to their traditional public school counterparts.
These findings are not alone. Since 2010, four national studies and 11 regional studies from across the country found similar positive academic performance results.
Of course, the most important measure of a transformational education is whether students are graduating prepared for college and career. How do public charter schools fit in that equation? Mississippians must ask that question, especially considering we have one of the lowest social mobility rates in the nation.
Last month, Mathematica Policy Research announced some preliminary research results that measured the effects of charter schools on long-term educational attainment and subsequent earnings of public charter school students. They found significant evidence that charter schools are increasing educational attainment and are boosting long-term earnings of students â€” ending the cycle of poverty for many low-income students enrolled in charter schools.
…so he can keep the teacher unions happy.
David Cunliffe keeps promising to close down the fledgling NZ Charter Schools. He doesn’t do that out of any care for NZ children – merely because the statement appeases the unions – and stops him having to take the time to research how good they are becoming.
Here are some hints on what current and future children in NZ (particularly those in the “Labour electorates”) will enjoy:
As charter operators have figured out how to succeed with children, they are doubling down on the best models. Successful charter schools have many distinctive features: longer school days and longer years, more flexibility and accountability for teachers and principals, higher expectations for students, more discipline and structure, more curricular innovation, more rigorous testing. Most charter growth today is coming from replication of the best schools.
In New York City, the average charter-school student now absorbs five months of extra learning a year in math, and one extra month in reading, compared with counterparts in conventional schools.
At KIPP, the largest chain of charters, 86% of all students are low-income, and 95% are African-American or Latino, yet 83% go to college.Â Read more »
Chris Hipkins has not come up with a valid idea since being Labour spokesperson for Education. His only method is to undo.
- Undo National Standards – even though the majority of parents love them.
- Undo Charter Schools – because the unions are terrified they are losing their patch.
- Prevent any performance pay – and stay under the illusion that all teachers are the same and deserve an incremental pay step every year – regardless of what the actually achieve.
Education is for kids. Almost as soon as the government announced the introduction of Charter Schools in New Zealand the NZEI bought an activist from New Orleans – Karran Harper Royal – who complained in all sorts of ways about the schools.
Wrong state and wrong person to bring. Latest out of New Orleans is:
“Our model is about empowering educators that are closest to the children, to give them the autonomy to have great schools, but to have a strong accountability system in place,” says RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard. One of the RSD’s key roles is “ensuring there is equity and access throughout the whole system.”
The academic gains have been dramatic. The city has surpassed the state average for high school graduation by several points, with 77.8 percent of the class of 2012 graduating within four years â€“ up from just over 54 percent in 2004.
One measure regularly used in Louisiana is the Growth School Performance Score, which is based on test scores, graduation rates, and other factors. Based on those scores, in 2004-05 only 12 percent of students in New Orleans attended ‘A’ or ‘B’ schools while nearly 75 percent attended ‘F’ schools, reports New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO), a nonprofit that incubates and supports charter schools. By 2012-13, just 17 percent of students were in ‘F’ schools, while 34 percent were in ‘A’ or ‘B’ schools.
Yet another bright point: the percentage of students qualifying for college scholarships from the state based on ACT scores and grade-point averages. Prior to Katrina, less than 6 percent of students in 14 high schools later taken over by the RSD qualified for these scholarships, NSNO reports. In 2013, 27 percent did.
While there’s still a long way to go, “on the whole, the schools are unequivocally better,” says Michael Stone, a spokesman for NSNO. Â Read more »
Labour, the Greens and the teacher unions all hate charter schools.
They can produce no evidence to support their claims, they just hate them because they do not like the challenge to the hegemony and control of the unions in our schools.
OF THE 658 schools in Chicago, only 126 are charter schoolsâ€”publicly funded but independently run and largely free of union rules. Fifteen more are due to open this year. More notable, though, is that four of the most recently-approved charters are in areas where the city recently decided to close 49 public schoolsâ€”the largest round of such closures in Americaâ€™s history.
Most of the closed schools served poor black children, and were in parts of the city with a shrinking population. The city government argued that these schools were under-used, and that closing them would save $233m that could be reinvested. So it has been: in new science labs, computers, wireless, libraries, art rooms and air conditioning in the charters that took in children from the closed schools.
Charters have worked well in Chicago. Most parents like them, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Board of Education are behind them. The Noble Network, which already runs 14 charter high schools, has just been given permission to open two new ones. Around 36% of the 9,000, mostly poor, children enrolled with Noble can expect to graduate from college, compared with 11% for this income bracket city-wide.
A 2013 study by Stanford University found that the typical Illinois charter pupil (most of them in Chicago) gained two weeks of additional learning in reading, and a month in maths, over their counterparts in traditional public schools. One city network of charters, Youth Connection, is credited with reducing Chicagoâ€™s dropout rate by 7% in a decade. Overall, however, the cityâ€™s public schools are in a sorry state: 51,000 out of 240,000 elementary-school pupils did not meet state reading standards in 2013.
Some will always argue that charters cream off the brighter children and leave sink schools, deprived of resources, behind. The teachersâ€™ unions hate charter schools because they are non-unionised. So they remain a rarity nationwide, with only 5% of children enrolled in them. But a PDK/Gallup poll last year found that 70% of Americans support them. Small wonder: a study of charter high schools in Florida found that they boosted pupilsâ€™ earning power in later life by more than 10%.Â Read more »
In Parliament today Hipkins stated;
“that National wanted to spend more money of Charter Schools than they’re willing to put into the state school system.” (4:15)
Charter Schools: $19m over 4 years. Divided by 4 it is $4.75 million per year.Â Read more »
The new Mayor of New York is working against Charter Schools. Not because they don’t work. The opposite is the case.
Around 36% of the 9,000, mostly poor, children enrolled with Noble can expect to graduate from college, compared with 11% for this income bracket city-wide.
Small wonder: a study of charter high schools in Florida found that they boosted pupilsâ€™ earning power in later life by more than 10%.
Bronx 2, part of the Success Academies network, serves black and Latino children from mostly low-income families. Its pupils did extraordinarily well in the 2013 state examinationsâ€”97% passed mathematics and 77% passed English. The school ranked third in the state, even beating children in well-heeled Scarsdale, a well-to-do New York City suburb. Bronx 2 shares space with PS 55, a traditional district public school where only 3% of pupils passed English and only 14% passed maths.Â Read more »