Quote of the WeekChallenges in Replicating Charter School Success - NYTimes.com:
Millions of Americans have awakened to a sobering reality: they live in a plutocracy, where they are disposable.”
Bill Moyers, from his final PBS Bill Moyers Journal telecast, April 30, 2010
Stat of the Week
Say it loud, “I’m rich and I’m proud.” Wealthy Americans, says a new national poll of affluents averaging $512,000 a year in income, feel less guilty purchasing luxury goods than they did a year ago. The poll — by American Express and the Harrison Group — found that 42 percent of the rich like how they feel when others see them as wealthy, up from only 30 percent last year.
Charters have also become a pet cause of what one education historian calls a billionaires’ club of philanthropists, including Mr. Gates, Eli Broad of Los Angeles and the Walton family of Wal-Mart.
But for all their support and cultural cachet, the majority of the 5,000 or so charter schools nationwide appear to be no better, and in many cases worse, than local public schools when measured by achievement on standardized tests, according to experts citing years of research. Last year one of the most comprehensive studies, by researchers from Stanford University, found that fewer than one-fifth of charter schools nationally offered a better education than comparable local schools, almost half offered an equivalent education and more than a third, 37 percent, were “significantly worse.”