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  • irongamer

    Sorry Good. Going to have to call you out on this misleading article.

    After Katrina school enrollment went from 65,000 to 38,000. Many of those that were unable to return were struggling with poverty and disabilities. It is disgusting to call this a success.

    By not presenting what is happening on the ground in the local area this article implies we should remove those who struggle instead of meeting them where they are at. This is a prime example how governance from a distance goes wrong. Local information is not taken into account, a single score is used to obscure a complex situation, thus horrendous and damaging governance occurs.

    http://www.theroot.com/views/myth-charter-schools-have-saved-new-orleans

  • Chris Thinnes

    Answer: 'No."

    Quoting from Jill Anderson's @HGSE essay:

    “The success of the New Orleans charter school movement has been legislatively defined,” Buras said. “If you treat standards of what constitutes status of failure like a ping pong ball and continuously move it, then you can generate success or failure by shifting the definition.”

    The standard in 2005 was a score 87.4. In 2009, the state lowered it to 75 and, in 2010, lowered it even further to 60, she said. In 2012, the number stands at 75. “You can’t use one standard to take over and then ratchet up the standard,” Buras added. “The absolute numbers are dismal.”

    Read more: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2012/04/watch-the-new-orleans-askwith-forum-live/#ixzz2FhzX4sDm