Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fordham publishes study on how autonomy affects charter schools

Bored and need a study to read tonight? Fordham University just published a study on how autonomy affects the performance of charter schools.

"In the fall of 2009, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute teamed up with Public Impact to grade the autonomy extended by charter laws in twenty-six states that are home to more than 90 percent of America’s charter schools. Analysts also examined 100 individual charter contracts in those states to uncover further restrictions imposed by fifty of the country’s most active charter authorizers, entities that collectively oversee nearly half of the country’s current crop of charter schools.."

The study is worth reading and gives some ammo to charter school advocates who must deal with opponents such as Representative Perkins and NAACP Derek Johnson who think such schools were created by the Klan.



Anonymous said...

Damn Kingfish. You completely forgot one of our state's biggest opponents to charter schools.

Cecil Just Give Us Mo' Money Brown.

The same Cecil Brown who then had the audacity to pen a column in the Northside Sun calling his innovative schools legislation, a bill where a public school must fail for THREE YEARS before parents can take any action, a charter schools bill.

Kingfish said...

Yeah, I know. So if you're kid is stuck in a school that sucks, maybe in three years we might get you some help.

Then there is Perkins and others who think this is some idea cooked up by the KKK.

Anonymous said...

OT: KF we need a Ronnie James Dio tribute.

Kingfish said...

already working on it.

Anonymous said...

I don't see how anyone in their right mind can take Derek "I can't speak a coherent sentence" Johnson seriously. The NAACP has become a sad and pathetic joke that has no coherent vision of enriching the quality of life for most Black people by stressing the importance of education, crime, abortion, and for deadbeat men to be an important part of their children's lives. If this comment makes me an Uncle Tom or "oreo" so be it. Just pass the milk but make sure it's 2% organic!

Anonymous said...

Cecil Brown is a joke. The only reason he remains in office is because the old guard in NE Klukkville thinks he is one of their own despite his voting record to the contrary.

Anonymous said...

Though I did download the report I have not yet read it.

I did look at the first few pages, and would suggest you correct your original post. A reader would conclude from your headline and text that the report was published by Fordham University, a Jesuit university in NY, which is not the case.

"Fordham (?) publishes study on how autonomy affects charter schools

Bored and need a study to read tonight? Fordham University (?) just published a study on how autonomy affects the performance of charter schools."

On page 2 of the report:
"This report is available in full on the Institute’s website. The Institute is neither
connected with nor sponsored by Fordham University."

I enjoy reading this site, and do so daily, and especially value the rigor of the reporting, though I often do not agree with the site's opinions. Especially regarding music.

By the way, it would seem to me that only someone who has never heard Derrick Johnson speak would accuse him of not being able to speak a coherent sentence. I have heard Mr. Johnson speak, and one would never accuse him of incoherence. Perhaps that person only disagrees with Mr. Johnson's viewpoints.

Keep up the good work and excellent reporting.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard Mr. Johnson speak in person but I have heard him on Gallo's show and I must say that I was less than impressed. I give the fact that he may be completely different in person but with his sentence fragments and mispronunciation of simple words I seriously doubt it. I do disagree with his viewpoints too and I will say he's not as bad as some of the Obama Kool Aid drinking clowns over on WMPR. Especially when David Archie was on the air.

As far Kingfish's taste in music, I have no problem with it plus it's his right to spotlight any type of music he wants considering it is HIS blog! I will say this, when he starts posting the "music" of Justin Bieber, The Jonas Brothers and others in the pop arena at the moment, I'm outta here because it will be obvious he's lost his mind!!!

Anonymous said...

OOPS - It certainly isn't Fordham University. Wow - Kingfish made a mistake!

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