Milwaukee: Why Corporate Takeovers Make No Sense

Diane Ravitch's blog

The previous post reviewed the past history of Milwaukee.

You might be tempted to skip past the report by Gordon Lafer on charters that is embedded in the press release.

So I urge you to read the full (and short) report on why Milwaukee does not need more charter schools.

Lafer writes:

Upon examination, it appears that charter privatization proposals are driven more by financial and ideological grounds than by sound pedagogy:

National research shows that charter schools, on average, perform no better than public schools. There is thus no basis for believing that replacing traditional public schools in Milwaukee with privately run charters will result in improved education.
The “blended learning” model of education exemplified by the Rocketship chain of charter schools—often promoted by charter boosters—is predicated on paying minimal attention to anything but math and literacy, and even those subjects are taught by inexperienced teachers carrying out data-driven…

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