"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

Friday, April 23, 2010

KIPP Delta's Student Loss Rate 3 to 4 Times Higher Than Helana Public Schools

Bill Gates is winding up a quick PR swing through five exclusive campuses to drum up support for the total compliance segregated KIPP cults and the permanent stream of teacher temps provided by TFA to staff them. And even though Gates like to talk about the scandalous 50 percent rate of minority high school completion across the nation, if Gates's KIPP solution were to replace public schools, that completion rate would be much, much lower. From Bill Hewitt for the Arkansas Times:
. . . .The KIPP Delta College Preparatory Academy in Helena-West Helena reports, according to state Education Department figures, a “student loss” rate in the eighth and ninth grade that is between three and four times that of the Helena-West Helena School District. The “student loss” occurring at KIPP would be a scandal if it took place at a regular public school, but charter schools seem to remain under the radar when it comes to serious scrutiny. This process leaves the KIPP schools with only the most dedicated students and parents, while the rest go back to public schools. . . . .

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