Study: More Students ‘Left Behind’ At Calif. Charter Schools

Nonprofit suggests failing schools should be closed

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Take note, Compton officials: charter schools don’t automatically translate into scholastic success, at least according to one public education researcher.

A new report assessing troubled schools in California and nine other states says that too many low-performing schools are being mismanaged instead of simply shut down.

Mike Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a non-profit group that promotes

excellence in public education, tells KFWB’s Maggie McKay the study shows low-performing schools stay are hard to fix for a variety of reasons.

Petrilli says while closing schools may not always be practical, especially in the challenging economic climate facing California, some schools may actually show improvement with a new approach and new management.

Earlier this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the state education board to investigate complaints of alleged misconduct in a Compton charter school petition drive.

The petitions were part of California’s first test of a new “parent trigger” law that empowers parents to make sweeping changes at low-performing schools.

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  • William Joseph Miller

    Remember Miller’s Law. (named after myself since I thought it up.)
    The success of any charter school is directly proportional to the number of applicants the charter school rejects and the length of the waiting list to get in.

    The more students a charter school excludes, the more pestige it gets, and the more respect it earns. Granted, highly successful charter schools can occasionally admit a child with “special needs” or a few children from a “hard-to-educate” demographic. But these children and their parents automatically know that it’s either “my way or the high way.”

    This article simply proves what I’ve known all along.

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