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Re: “Are American Indian Public Charter School's Test Scores Inflated?

Great article, Ellen.

Alas, AIPCS selective admissions/retention methods are not anomalous, but rather, appear part of the very fabric of the very well publicized movement to privatize public education via charters school and vouchers.

In New Orleans (and across the nation), we see the same story: one school, given 1 million by Oprah on live TV, was later sued for discriminating against high needs students (who might drag down scores). (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-21/o…)

This same school - with "amazing scores" - also lost 40% of its students by graduation. Essentially, they kept the best students, and dropped those liely to make the school look anything less than a "miracle."

I hope more reporters will take your lead, and start to scrutinize these "miracle schools," to see if the great success is a truly a result of excellent instruction, or cooking the books.

Adam Bessie
Contributor, Project Censored
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Assistant Professor, English
Diablo Valley College
Pleasant Hill, CA

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Posted by Adam Bessie on 06/14/2012 at 9:50 AM

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