Education Week has published athat may be of great interest to readers of this blog.
The differences in discipline policies between charter schools and traditional public schools have come under scrutiny from skeptics of charter schools who believe that they push out too many challenging students through strict discipline policies, thereby inflating their overall school performance.
Meanwhile, traditional public schools operate under policies that make it harder to expel students. Complaints about charters’ behavior in this area are fueled by data from a number of school districts examined by Education Week, including the District of Columbia Public Schools, where.
In one story featured in the series, Education Week reporter Jaclyn Zubrzycki follows the stories of—one of whom attends a charter school, the other of whom was kicked out for disciplinary infractions. The series also includes a comparing charters to traditional public schools. And Jaclyn also delves into —where the majority of students attend charter schools—that bring more uniform standards to expulsion and enrollment policies across the city. The series also includes a Q & A with , who oversees a much-praised charter school network, but one which has drawn some criticism for not replacing students lost to attrition.
Theis well worth a read if you haven’t taken a look already.
On a related note, Ron Zimmer, of Vanderbilt University, and Cassandra Guarino, of Indiana University, recently released a working paper that investigated thefrom one large, anonymous district.
The study found that fewer students were “pushed out” of the charter schools than district schools there. While the sample set is small, the researchers concluded that “while there needs to be more research in other districts or states, our results weaken the ‘push-out’ argument against the establishment of charter schools in general.”
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A version of this news article first appeared in the Charters & Choice blog.