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Eight Essential Facts About Charter Schools; by Jan Resseger; at the Ravitch Blog

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Did you know that Charter schools suck money out of state budgets but enroll only 6% of students. We all need to be actively refuting the myths and calling politicians on their errors when they betray their ignorance about the problems posed by the privatization of public education.  Here are the facts you should know, as the Charter Industry's huge  marketing campaign tries to  persuade the public that charter schools are public schools, and are better than “traditional” public schools. 'None of this is true. They are privately managed schools. They receive public money but they are not public schools. Other than those that select their students, they do not get higher test scores than real public schools, and many are far worse. The only “innovation” that charters can claim is “no excuses” discipline, which looks like schools of a century ago.READ THE FACTS!'

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Martin Levine writes in the NonProfit Quarterly about the war between charter schools and public schools in Chicago. Two years ago, Mayor Emanuel closed almost 50 public schools, most of which will be replaced by charters. Levine writes: "What is happening in Chicago illustrates well the debate going on nationally between those who believe that the solution to our educational challenges lies in creating a more robust educational marketplace where every parent and child has the ability to choose the school that is best suited to their needs, interests, and talents, and those who believe that ensuring a quality education for all children requires dealing with issues of proper school funding, poverty, race and community. The struggle in Chicago seems to indicate that the advocates for a market-based strategy are winning this tug of war. "The Chicago Tribune ended an editorial this week with this plea: "This is a war that has to end. It does not serve children." But with limited school budgets and little data to suggest the marketplace model of education actually outperforms or even matches the public school model, it seems unlikely that their wish will come true."

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