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Better Charter Schools in New York City - NYTimes.com

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From a national standpoint, the 20-year-old charter school movement has been a disappointment. More than a third of these independently run, publicly funded schools are actually worse than the traditional public schools they were meant to replace...
But a mixed picture emerged when the Stanford researchers measured charter schools on students' learning growth (year-to-year improvement) as well as their overall achievement, as compared with the city as whole.

The data show that not all charter schools shared equally in the gains in reading. Nearly half, in fact, turned out to be slow-growth schools that may not be helping low-achieving students improve their reading skills quickly enough. This could lead to those students falling further and further behind.

"The city is also a magnet for education talent, drawing successful charter school management organizations,.

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