Sunday, April 03, 2005

New Book Critical Of Charter Schools 

Derrick Jackson of the Boston Globe reported recently on a new book which says that charter schools are not what supporters make them out to be. In the The Charter School Dust-Up authors Lawrence Mishel, Martin Carnoy, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Richard Rothstein claim that after looking at federal data and 19 research studies in 11 states and Washington, D.C. that charter school students, on the whole, ''have the same or lower scores than other public school students in nearly every demographic category."

Mr. Mishel is President of the Economic Policy Institute. Ms. Jacobsen and Mr. Rothstein are researchers from Columbia University. Mr. Carnoy is also a researcher and he is from Stanford University. Their findings are certain to be controversial. From Mr. Jackson's article on the new book:

My experience at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy is that test scores on the Stanford-9 did not improve over time. This book will give everyone in the movement something which will demand a response.

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