The debate about charter school funding was split wide open last week when a new study found that charter schools receive much less public support per pupil, when accounting for the full value of retirement promises to district school teachers. The valuation matters because the City is not saving enough for today’s workers’ future benefits, instead effectively running up a credit card bill.
The New York City Council Education Committee held a hearing October 2, to consider three important resolutions, Res. 1263-2012, Res. 1395-2012 and Res. 1906-2012, regarding school utilization. The resolutions call for a moratorium on school closings and co-locations for a period of at least a year, require CEC approval for school co-locations, and create new procedures for parental notification of proposed changes in school utilization.
A rigorous new study of charter elementary schools has a startling implication: mainstream general education classrooms at NYC charter schools contain many students who, statistically, would have been assigned to special education had they attended district schools.
“It ain't what people don't know that hurts them. It's what they know that ain't so.” Whoever said that didn’t know the charter school debate.* Especially after the release of state test scores, we actually have both problems.
Study shows that a group of metrics called “weighted regents pass rates" may cause schools with high-achieving students to be penalized for failing to achieve mathematically impossible growth targets.
Drawing nearly 600 parents, the first-ever Brooklyn Charter School Fair gave parents the opportunity to speak directly with charter school representatives and learn about all of their public school options.
Our team had the pleasure of visiting with our friends at New Dawn Charter School in Brooklyn. New Dawn is one of several "transfer-like" charter schools (for a long time there was really only one, Wildcat Academy—but we now have five others). Running a transfer high school is hard. Starting one is even harder.