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Harmony Charter School Graduation Rates: Fact or Fiction?

June 6, 2011

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Evidently, the CEO of Harmony Charter Schools will testify today that Harmony Science Cademy Schools in Texas have a 100% graduation rate. We often hear charter school operators make this claim. Are charters schools really that great? Should we open more charter schools to increase the graduation rate? And what, exactly, are these schools doing […]

Other blog posts that you should read!

June 1, 2011

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Busy packing up and getting ready to move. Hard to keep up a blog, take care of the kids, pack, and get teh house and lawn ready. So here are some OUTSTANDING blog posts that you should read: Here is a great post about TFA from a TFAer. Teach For America: From Service Group to […]

PR on Steriods and Pleasing the Market, Not Parents

June 1, 2011

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One of the characteristics of charter schools (Harmony, KIPP, and YES) and some ed reform organizations (TFA in particular) that I find terribly repugnant (1–see why below) is the incessant public relations effort surrounding these efforts and the lies, omissions, and obfuscations that often come along with press releases. Schools Matter has an excellent blog […]