Not Charters, Not Poverty

There's a pretty awesome column from the U of C's Charles Payne up at Catalyst right now (Getting the questions right on Chicago schools) which includes a critique of reform enthusiasts & journalists for overselling charter schools and ISAT "meets or exceeds" figures that are way too easy.  He takes aim at all sides of the shrill education debate, comparing them to little kids "desperately defending our little mudpiles." Neighborhood schools don't escape Payne's criticism.  He points out that New York, Boston, Miami, and Houston do better than Chicago on NAEP over all, and that traditional schools and charters both perform pretty miserably on ISAT exceeds (11-12 percent). He's not buying the poverty excuse, either: "Stronger schools and school systems do much better by children than schools where the leadership spends its time whining about poverty."  [Ditto for teachers, I'd add.]

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  • Eighty seven percent vote 'Yes' in referendum! Elected School Board gets overwhelming voter support across Chicago as 35 wards and 327 precincts get to vote on reorganization
    http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=3761&section=Article

  • In reply to district299reader:

    There are 1,673 precincts in the city... some of the people have spoken but not many.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    So CPS Parent, you obviously support a citywide vote, right? You do understand that Joe Moore partially blocked the effort, right? You do acknowledge that almost 9 out of 10 voters in 20% of the precincts is a good indicator that many more city residents support an elected school board, right? Right?

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    Earlier this year, we looked at the gender gap in exceeds expectations scores for Grade 11 students in the 2011 PSAE results for high schools in the Daily Herald area. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120910/news/709109945/graphics/DA121056910/#navAnchor
    Generally, we found that lumping meets and exceeds together tends to obscure a disparity at the top end of scores. Based on some side analysis I did, I believe you'd find similar results in Chicago schools.

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    Here's a shorter version of that link: http://bit.ly/QB0CKJ

  • more Payne, from his recent appearance at the Education Trust conference: Culture, Not Curriculum, May be Key to High School Reform - High School Notes (usnews.com) http://ow.ly/fgiBL

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