"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Unhidden Costs of Charterizing

From the Intelligencer:
This school year, it’s costing the Pennridge School District more than $600,000 to pay for the 70 students living in its borders who attend charter schools.

Next year, that cost will top $900,000.

“We’re spending money for programs we have no control over,” said Superintendent Robert Kish.

Control is just one grievance officials in school districts have with charter schools. Words like accountability and funding inequity quickly follow suit. . . .

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