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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cash Is Figural for Gestalt Charter $chools

The Gestalt Community Schools operate a half-dozen segregated corporate reform schools in Memphis.  Their stated vision at their website is 
. . . building better communities through education. To this end, Gestalt targets low-income communities that have failing schools, then catalyzes grassroots leadership to revitalize the neighborhood, educates the youth through high-performing schools, and partners with providers to tackle out-of-school challenges that hinder students from succeeding.
This week it was announced that two of its schools in one of Memphis's shrinking neighborhoods are shutting down, thus leaving parents to wonder where their children will attend school next year.  

With Gestalt collecting about 10K for each student attending and with enrollment shrinking, it seems that Gestalt's "vision" has to take a back seat to their business plan and financial projections.

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