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'Got to Go': High-Performing Charter Schools Shed Students Quickly


Business  (tags: New York, US education, charter schools, Success Academy, school suspensions )

Judy
- 1152 days ago - theguardian.com
Students who tested poorly were secretly placed on a "got to go" list in New York City.



   

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Animae C (508)
Sunday February 21, 2016, 3:37 pm
Go where?!?!?
 

Judy C (91)
Monday February 22, 2016, 12:11 am
The "Got to Go" list means the students who scored poorly on tests in the early grades were to be eliminated from the school, because they would lower the overall test scores of the school, making the schools seem less successful. (This article is a bit difficult to read, I must say. The editor should have required some revisions for greater clarity.) The article discusses several ways in which this is accomplished, including alleged discrimination against learning disabled students, those whose native language is not English, and poorer students. There were numerous arbitrary suspensions of some students, seemingly used as a tactic to get them to drop out. The Office of Civil Rights is performing an investigation due to a number of problems with the way the charter schools are made to look more successful than they actually might be, including improper statistical comparisons of their student bodies with public school student bodies, based on manipulated demographics that render the comparisons invalid.
 

JL A (281)
Monday February 22, 2016, 7:05 am
Shows why some states chose to only have public charter schools (none that are private/for profit) and thus avoided the myriad of problems that have proven to go with privatization. Thanks Judy
 

Judy C (91)
Monday February 22, 2016, 2:28 pm
Yes JL, the privatized charter schools are terrible in so many ways.
 

Roger G (148)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 11:23 am
noted, thanks
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 1:24 pm
Noted. Thanks, Judy.
There are so many things wrong with the private charter schools. They have nearly destroyed our public schools. I would definitely like to see an end to their funding.
 

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 1:44 pm
Thanks for sharing Judy.
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 2:37 pm
Thanks
 

Amanda R. (0)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 8:25 pm
thank you
 

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 9:34 pm
Strange ways/ rules. Agree with Lois regarding taking away their funding.. Thanks Judy
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2016, 1:56 am
Noted with thanks Judy.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday February 24, 2016, 5:57 am
I've placed on some stories about how stressed out the children are in these schools to do well that they pee in their pants during testing. These children are under a lot of pressure from the parents, the teachers, and they know it.

All these schools do is support some private investors at the expense of our students. Certainly there are a few students that do well under pressure, are gifted, but for those students who still need an education it is too much pressure upon them and again, these schools do not service those most in need, our disabled or those who are struggling.

We've got Charter Schools here in Florida, that the parents are told go on a lottery system. But an insider told my daughter that it's rigged, is why they found another job. That if a family already has a student in attendance there and is doing well it is a shoe in that his or her sibling will get a slot. That they test all of the students who apply, and this lottery isn't a lottery at all it's who did best on the testing. It isn't suppose to be based on the testing, that is against the law, but that is what it's used for. They just say it's to better help the student once they get in, where their strength and weaknesses are. BS, it's to pick and choose. A lottery is their cover up to skirt the law.
 

Janet B (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2016, 2:39 pm
Thanks
 

Judy C (91)
Thursday February 25, 2016, 1:45 pm
Lois is right, we do need to take away the funding for these schools. They are for-profit ventures, and if they want to exist, let them continue as private schools. If they care about helping disadvantaged students, they can raise contributions from the private sector, instead of leeching money from the taxpayers.

Thanks Dandelion, for pointing out the stress the children feel when attending charter schools. This is so unfair to them. No child should feel like that in school. The extreme emphasis that the charter schools place on testing does create test anxiety, and it can be really destructive throughout the child's schooling. Test scores should only be part of the picture in evaluating the schools. Promoters of the charter schools can easily manipulate and abuse the statistics that come from testing, and it looks like they're taking full advantage of that. They will try any dirty trick they can come up with, including that phony lottery scam they're pulling off in Florida.
 
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