AM News: Charters And Struggling Students

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Chicago charters schools struggle to hold onto weakest students WBEZ:  Nobody told Alberto Rodriguez to leave his Noble Street charter school.

Nobody had to.

By the end of his freshman year, he had about 50 detentions, mostly for small things... Board Approves CNTC Contract Catalyst: The group's teacher coaches will work in
Areas 9, 10, 14 and 18 (elementary areas including downtown and parts
of the city's South and West sides), as well as Area 19, which includes
high schools on the city's far North and Northwest sides... 'Oral History Project' Takes An Inside Look At Chicago Classrooms HuffPo:  To
combat these polarizing images, Gapers Block launched the "Classroom
Mechanics" series to share oral histories of everyday Chicago teachers.   

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  • Noble Street Charter School's policy of charging for detention time and for making up credits is in the school's parent handbook. The handbook was part of the charter school's formal submission to CPS for its charter renewal. I think Pat Rocks could if he chose to do so walk over and look at the file. I found this information when I did an FOIA several years ago, so it is not new.

    I commend Mr. Milke for admiting that students do walk out of his charter school because of both academic and disciplinary pressure. I do not commend CPS for allowing, let me say knowingly allowing this to happen. I also do not blame Mr. Milke and other charters for effectively increasing pressure on poor performing students and students with disciplinary issues, if the CPS allows this why not do it? Moreover, as I have said many times parents support this policy until it is their own child they see being pressured and leaving the school. Keeping the gang members out, keeping the distrubed students out, all seems right, until it is your own child.

    Rod Estvan

  • I suspect that's why a lot of regular neighborhood school teachers are angry about this policy. It is something they cannot or do not do.

    Until the neighborhoods get serious about weeding through their disciplinary processes and the principals start supporting the teachers instead of trying to sweep disciplinary problems under the carpet so CO doesn't ding them, the charters and parochials will continue to chip away at their "decent student who is fairly well behaved but not excellent enough for the selectives" demographic.

  • Have had numerous students elect to leave due to financial reasons to then attend Clemente. Tonight more drivel on NBC world news about the Urban Prep graduation rates. Thank you WBEZ for exposing this. Now if we could just get the mainstream media out of private sector pocket.

  • there's a chart hidden at the bottom of the WBEZ story that gives self-reported transfer rates for various schools -- young women's is at 23 percent, ASPIRA is at 25, urban prep is at 9, namaste is at 6. anything jump out at you about these figures?

  • any more self reported than traditional school transfer numbers can be? realistically, so much of what's reported comes from schools without any verification, whether it's a district school or a charter -- free lunch numbers, attendance, even transfer rates (i think)

  • And that is the larger issue. Why does the school system keep students with chronic behavior problems in the regular classrooms where they can steal educational time from the other students? Until that changes, I will continue to support charter schools as a way of providing a decent education to involved students without the insanity that is CPS policy.

  • How is charging for detentions criminal? Parents with children who do not behave, after basic remediations, should be legally required to come to school and sit next to their children in the classroom to help them behave. Or pay the daily salary for a police officer to come and do the job.
    Students who don't follow the rules should not be allowed in school. Period.

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