Forward Institute: Milwaukee Charter Study Shows Effects of Truancy, Poverty, and Experienced Teachers

Diane Ravitch's blog

The Forward Institute has released a study of charter schools in Milwaukee, comparing district charters, privately managed charters, and public schools.

The findings are instructive. The 2R charter schools are the privately managed charters.

The privately managed charters are skimming, doing grievous harm to the public school system. Any educational “gains” are the result of skimming, not educational effectiveness.

Summary of most significant findings

1. School to school comparisons:

  • MPS/2R raw scores – We need to take into account that 2R charter schools have lower truancy and student poverty rates. When we equalize for those factors, the difference becomes insignificant. This means that the 2R Charter school type is NOT creating higher scores.
  • 2R/MPS Charters – We need to take into account that 2R charter schools have lower truancy rates and higher rate of fully licensed teachers. When we equalize for those factors, the difference becomes insignificant. This means…

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