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March 23, 2009


I reviewed the charter school audit that you linked to and found some interesting items:

PPS criticizes results, yet most charters have only been around for a few years. How about giving them some time?

The audit (and PPS's response) suggests more oversight of charters, including institution of measurable goals Sounds like NCLB is OK for charter schools??

The report states that if students attending charters instead attended their neighborhood school, PPS could hire 31 additional teachers. Charter enrollment is 1,080. So the result would be a 35:1 student teacher ratio; what a great idea!

Finally, charter enrollment constitutes 2.3% of PPS enrollment; hardly sounds like much of an issue in the grand scheme of things. PPS has many other issues of it's own making that PPS administration should be addressing before worrying about charters.

It is interesting that this blog mocks President Obama for his statements regarding high school dropout rates, then goes on to admit that the percent of students failing to graduate on time is the same now as it was 40 years ago (approximately 25%). Why is the lack of progress not a huge concern to the educational lobby? It certainly appears to be a big concern of the President.

As long as charters remain few in number and small in size, they don't pose "much of an issue in the grand scheme of things." PPS should definitely deal with the transfer policy first if it wants to promote educational equity.

Unfortunately, Obama seems to have big plans for charters. That doesn't bode well for either PPS or for the future of public education in this country, in my opinion.

By the way, I didn't "mock" Obama. I merely pointed out an error in the "facts" he presented to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. I support Obama on many issues, but I think he's dead wrong on education reform.

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