These Charter Schools Are #1

Charter schools in Massachusetts are number one—at suspending students.

As regular readers can attest, EduShyster has been driven nearly INSANE (not to mention deep into the bottom of the occasional box of wine) by the vagaries of charter school math. That’s why it was such a relief to encounter some detective work by an enterprising local edu-blogger that found that charter school numbers really do add up—to quite a lot, it turns out.

First, a little context for your edu-fication. You see, charter schools are public schools, (unless their teachers want to join a union in which case they suddenly become private.) And because they are public the state collects reams of data about their students, their incredible shrinking classrooms and their 100% graduation rates. Tragically, reporters and state edu-crats are banned from viewing this information which means that the data often feel very lonely. And that, dear reader, is why it is so important that we have edu-bloggers.  Continue reading →

Pregnancy Test Scandal Shows Charters Are ‘A Little Bit Public’

Girls at a Louisiana charter school got pregnant after their boyfriends released the parent trigger.

When EduShyster heard that a Louisana charter school is requiring girls suspected of being pregnant to take a pregnancy test–and kicking out anyone who tests positive–my first thought was: now that’s a high stakes test. Followed by: what a great idea! After all it is a well known fact that pregnant teens do not score well on standardized tests due to hormone induced wooziness. Also, their posture tends to suffer, especially in the third trimester, and there can be “no excuses” for that. Continue reading →