The New York City Independent Budget Office now has egg on its face after its shocking finding – 80% attrition among charter school kindergarteners in special education! – turned out to be inaccurate.
Back in 2008, when Senator Obama was running against Senator McCain, something unusual happened in the final minutes of their third and very contentious, partisan debate. They agreed on something: charter schools were a good thing. They agreed on this one issue because charter schools when done right (as in NYC) are a good thing.
A new report from the NYC Independent Budget Office found that student attrition rates in charter schools are lower across nearly every student subgroup -- with the one exception, which contradicts previous research, being calculated from a tiny sample.
That's the most charitable way to read the Daily News columnist's coverage of Success Charter Network's request for a fee increase, which falsely implies that it would result in more public dollars flowing to the Harlem-based charter schools.
Amber Charter School is launching a column on education and parenting in El Diario La Prensa (see story in the paper today concerning the new column: http://www.impre.com/eldiariony/vida-estilo/educacion/2011/11/7/no-se-pierda-a-la-maestra-del--281088-1.html.
In today’s NYT, we read about the mystery of the missing 20 yards from Lehman High School’s football fieldówhich will somehow still be missing even after a nearly $4 million remodel. Where are those missing yards? If you listen to the bureaucrats at the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority, you would be led to believe that the US Army Corps of Engineers owns the land and won’t give it up.
Today, the Daily News ran a story whose headline and lead sentence implied that the decision of the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School to seek space in a privately owned building has resulted in its displacing two day care centers. This couldn't be further from the truth.
Joe Nocera, writing in his new column on The New York Times Op-Ed page, accuses the education reform movement of hubris and prescribes reformers a dose of humility as to what reform can and cannot accomplish. I’ll leave to others to point out that the beliefs attributed to the movement are straw men. But given that there is clearly such a perception, a glimpse at how humble most actual reformers are is certainly worthwhile.
Many years ago, I sat at LaGuardia airport with a group of talented school leaders, including David Levin,
The NY Post wrote the book on tabloid headlines. They can’t all be “Headless Body in Topless Bar” but the headline on a charter school article this weekend was the worst I’ve seen: “Charters ënix 23%’ of kids.”
How can I put this? No they don’t.
The headline refers to this graf from reporter Annie Karni: