Friday, May 31, 2013

Georgia Report Card Shows Charters Trailing Traditionals.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (5/31, Subscription Publication) reports that according to its analysis of the new “report card” issued by the Georgia Department of Education, “many charter schools in metro Atlanta scored below state averages but outperformed other public schools in their neighborhoods.” The piece notes, however, that this will not “end the debate about traditional versus charter schools. ... The higher scores of most start-up charters than other public schools in their districts are likely to bolster the argument of those who say charter schools are superior alternatives for children in struggling neighborhood schools.”

The Augusta (GA) Chronicle (5/30, Jones) reports that roughly one-third of Georgia charters outperformed their home districts’ averages, meaning that “two out of every three scored worse.”

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