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Texas Charter Schools: Don't Believe the Boasting and Hype; by Diane Ravitch

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Charters boast of their “success,” but the reality is far different from their claims. They don’t enroll similar demographics, their attrition rate is staggering, and their “wait lists” are unverified. Their claims are a marketing tool.They are not better than public schools.They undermine and disrupt communities without producing better results.Yet Texas is plunging headlong into this strategy that creates a dual system but benefits few students.William J. Gumbert has prepared statistical analyses of charter performance in Texas, based on state data. 

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"Without the approval of taxpayers and local communities:

State approved charters:

▪ Transfer the control and governance of public schools from local communities to privately-operated charters; ▪ Divert funding from community-based school districts to privately-operated charters. The State has already provided charters with over $22.5 billion of taxpayer funding;

▪ Increase the debt burden of taxpayers as charters are free to incur long-term bond debt without taxpayer approval;

▪ Increase the segregation of students attending public schools in certain communities; and ▪ Reduce the quality of schools in many community-based school districts as 20.4% of all charter campuses are rated as "low performing" (rated equivalent of "D" or "F") by the State's 2018 Academic Accountability Ratings. "She Compromise My Principle Yeah, Yeah": Every community has a fundamental responsibility to provide a quality public education that equally serves the unique needs of every student. As public servants, community-based school districts embrace this responsibility as all students are welcome and no student is turned away.

If there is not room, community-based school districts hire more teachers and make room. In comparison, the State's deliberate intervention in local communities allows privately-operated charters to:

▪ Serve a limited number of students and NOT enroll all students;

▪ Recruit the targeted students and families they desire to serve;

▪ Deny enrollment to students with "discipline histories";

▪ Serve a lower percentage of "students with disabilities";

▪ Serve a lower percentage of students "at risk" of dropping out; and

▪ Disrupt the education of over 12,800 "economically-disadvantaged" students due to charter closures in the last 5-years.


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