### Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The New York Times Drinks AFT Kool-Aid

Without knowing what types of students attend charter schools, it is difficult to compare.

If the typical student is one who is performing well-below the average, then the fact that charter school results show that student almost at parity to be a great improvement.

If the typical student is well-below average then there would be a two-fold positive effect on public school scores. One, by moving below-average students out of the pucblic school sample, the public school scores automatically rise. Second, if the below-average student takes inordinate resources such as time then moving them out would improve public school scores.

Of course, the real test is over a a twelve year period as a cohort is traced from alpha to omega of public schooling. But twelve years is a long time for the politically driven to wait.

Without knowing what types of students attend charter schools, it is difficult to compare.

If the typical student is one who is performing well-below the average, then the fact that charter school results show that student almost at parity to be a great improvement.

If the typical student is well-below average then there would be a two-fold positive effect on public school scores. One, by moving below-average students out of the pucblic school sample, the public school scores automatically rise. Second, if the below-average student takes inordinate resources such as time then moving them out would improve public school scores.

Of course, the real test is over a a twelve year period as a cohort is traced from alpha to omega of public schooling. But twelve years is a long time for the politically driven to wait.

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