Quote: Tim King Explains Urban Prep Attrition (Sorta)

"At Urban Prep we are firm, firm believers in not throwing kids away. We look really hard with even the most challenging discipline issues and students to make sure that those students are able to stay. In this graduating class [of 150], there were three students who were expelled from that class." (Tim King explains what works at Chicago's all-boys Urban Prep.)


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  • The fact that he admits to expelling makes me wonder how many were pushed out? Neighborhood schools have been complaing about this strategy used by many charters for a long time.

  • Here's the missing number.....How many students were in the freshman class 4 years ago?
    Many students leave do not get pushed out, but simply chose to go back to the CPS school because the academic and behavioral demands at the charter school are too hard for them.

  • That really is the case in a nutshell, 7:17. You can create charter schools to cherry-pick motivated, well-behaved students from neighborhood schools OR you can create alternative schools to take unmotivated, behavior-problem students from neighborhood schools. In the former scenario neighborhood schools lose; in the latter, neighborhood schools win. CPS has chosen the charter option. Too bad, because alternative schools are excellent choices for those students who need them.

  • In reply to QuietObserver:

    The problem with that is state laws. These were laws that were championed by CTU as making sure that half-reared children weren't deprived or stigmatized.

  • In reply to QuietObserver:

    great comments, folks --
    meantime UP is on esquire mag's top 2010 list

  • In reply to QuietObserver:

    another piece on urban prep, this one from the WSJ's stephanie banchero, noting that 150 kids started as freshmen and 107 graduated -- a good number but not 100 percent

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