Science Academies, Montessori programs, students with exceptionalities, military settings, and areas that can’t support a full public school. Charter schools started off with the idea of helping students whose parents wanted a non-traditional school for their child, but now they have become a money making institution with one goal in mind- make a profit. Some non-profit charters are still making the effort to educate, provide arts, and a rich and diverse curriculum, but those are among the very few.
Mike Klonsky reports that Chicago’s open enrollment public high schools are driving the city’s improving graduation rate. You know, the public schools that accept everybody.
“Well, it’s that time of year when the media spotlight in all the privately-run charters schools that supposedly enroll 100% of their students in a college program. Of course they fail to mention they mean 100% of the 25% or fewer that make it from freshman year to the graduation ceremony.
“I wonder how many of those 100%-ers actually show up for college classes, can afford skyrocketing tuition, or graduate some time down the road. Urban Prep, for example, continually boasts about it’s college-acceptance rate for the few that graduate, but rarely about reading and math scores which are among the lowest in the city. This year only 24% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading.”
“Check out the number…
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