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Friday, February 15, 2013

Ever wonder why Charter Schools often exclude disabled and ESOL kids? It is because many are allowed to.

According to a report in Reuters many are also allowed to cherry pick the best academic students: Five states - Florida, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Ohio and Texas - explicitly permit certain charter schools to screen applicants by academic performance. Most others do not. Yet schools have found loopholes. Many are also allowed to weed out kids with discipline problems and parents who may not be as involved.

And all of this begs the question then why aren’t they doing better than public schools? They should be crushing public schools academically but they aren’t. My next question is why is there a rush to privatize our schools and replace them with schools that as a group provide an inferior product?

Reuters does a great job of exposing many of the problems currently ongoing in the charter school movement, problems which should really trouble us all.

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