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NAACP Seeks to Ban For-Profit Charter Schools and Increase Local Control - Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

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The NAACP, released a major report on charter schools, calling for greatly enhancing the ability of local communities to approve or reject charter schools and getting for-profit providers out of the game; it presents a set of transparency and accountability recommendations which are the culmination of years of efforts  to develop standards for charter schoolstypically privately operated outfits that receive public money. During the past decade, the number of students in charter schools has nearly tripled, with approximately 3.1 million enrolled in 2016-17-- 1 in 8 black students in the U.S.now attends a charter school. The NAACP previously decried the lack of transparency and accountability for charter schools by passing three resolutions at its national conventions."

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"Across the nation charter schools use public money but lack oversight. For example, The Center for Education Policy and Practice reported that Boston's (so-called) "high-performing" Commonwealth charter schools appear to be contributing to a two-track educational system that is segregating students based on language proficiency, special education status and poverty.The result is that Commonwealth charter schools appear to be operating largely as publicly funded private schools.

"While students may be selected through a lottery system, actual application and acceptance appears to be predicated on such practices as participating in parent or student school visits and pre-lottery interviews, parental behavior contracts and acceptance of rigid discipline codes " the claims of high performance appear to result from significant student attrition resulting from the use of "pushout" strategies based on student academic and/or behavioral performance. The promoting power of these schools puts them in the category of "dropout factories."

'The study concludes with: It appears that those who are part of this "selective out-migration of low achievers" are those who find the work too difficult or the rules too strict.

"Even the vaunted KIPP (Charter) schools are not immune to pushing out under performing students (to make it look like they are doing a better job than public schools). A study by SRI International in 2008 of five KIPP schools in the San Francisco Bay area found that 60 percent of their students left in middle school. Predictably, those who were counseled out tended to be the weaker students."(Education Week.org)

'In conclusion, any school that hand picks students will have a higher success rate compared to public schools--as long as those weaker students who were given the boot are not included in any press release or Op-ed piece written by a fake education reformer and cheer leader of elitist Charter schools. Therefore, if you are a fan of Charter schools, look in a mirror and ask yourself if you are a fool, an elitist or a racist who doesn't want your kids sharing classrooms with the at-risk students that cause the lower average test scores that make public schools look like losers when they aren't. Posted on Crazy Normal, the blog of Lloyd Lofthouse.

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