Last week MSNBC presented a discussion, “Education Nation”, hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry. A very heated discussion ensued between MSNBC contributor Jonathan Alter and Julian Vasques Heilig, University of Texas educational policy professor.
“Here’s why you cap charters,” Heilig said during Sunday’s panel, moderated by MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry. “Because 83 percent of them do not perform better than our urban schools, our traditional urban schools.” He pointed to a recent study he had co-written on the charter network KIPP, which he said found, “about 40 percent of African American students left KIPP in Texas over the last ten years. That’s their dirty little secret.”
To view the full video go to http://mhpshow.msnbc.com/julian-vasquez-heilig
Julian Vasquez Heilig’s controversial study “Is Choice a Panacea? An Analysis of Black Secondary Student Attrition from KIPP, Other Private Charters, and Urban Districts”.
ABSTRACT: Public concern about pervasive inequalities in traditional public schools, combined with growing political, parental, and corporate support, has created the expectation that charter schools are the solution for educating minorities, particularly Black youth. There is a paucity of research on the educational attainment of Black youth in privately operated charters, particularly on the issue of attrition. This paper finds that on average peer urban districts in Texas show lower incidence of Black student dropouts and leavers relative to charters. The data also show that despite the claims that 88-90% of the children attending KIPP charters go on to college, their attrition rate for Black secondary students surpasses that of their peer urban districts. And this is in spite of KIPP spending 30–60% more per pupil than comparable urban districts. The analyses also show that the vast majority of privately operated charter districts in Texas serve very few Black students. (Full Study)
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