Doug Appel 
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Re: “Oakland Needs a Moratorium on Charter Schools

Mr. Gammons rightly points out the inequities becoming apparent in the charter school movement as it scales up. Whenever public funds are put in private hands, you can expect this kind of gaming of the system. Although there are several charter operators who do attempt to take a similar population to that of OUSD, many have significant outside funding to assist them. The Lighthouse charters are an example of this. And then there are operators like American Indian--which have a Special Education population of 1% and are essentially a profit making enterprise for the Chavis friends and family.
The overall data on charters says that a small but significant number do better than the public schools they draw from. Their methods should be studied by anyone interested in quality education for all students. But 80% of charters do the same or worse than the regular public schools they draw students and funding from. Placing a moratorium on new charters in areas like Oakland and LA is a good interim step while we examine what's working and what's not.

Here are links to recent studies on the actual results of charter schools vs. traditional public schools:

http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20104029/
A US DOE study on charter middle schools

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer…
A summary article on charter school research with a link to a published volume of peer reviewed research.

http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/R…
A study by RAND on the effects of charter schools on student achievement in eight states.

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Posted by Doug Appel on 12/03/2013 at 9:18 AM

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