Drop Charter Reform Strategy: Chicago’s Public School Students Outlearn Students from Charters

Power concedes ....

Preface

In 2014 I worked with an anonymous team of data specialists from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to analyze test score data from public and charter schools.  I shared our findings with the Chicago Sun-Times whose own data journalist, Art Golab, verified those findings and co-wrote an article with another Sun-Times reporter, Becky Schlikerman.  One day after their article appeared the Sun-Times published an on-line Op-Ed I penned to elaborate our findings.

Today, both the Golab/Schlikerman article, and my follow-op Op-Ed have been scrubbed from Sun-Times website.

Not long after this article was published CPS officials in the “Office of Accountability” altered Charter school test score data.  Their tampering had the effect of improving the school rating for charters in gentrifying areas of Chicago (see report of tampering on references section at the end of this article).

Original Article:
Drop CPS Reform Strategy: CPS Neighborhood School Outperform Charters

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