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AM News: Charter School Report Casts Doubt on Obama's Education Policy

Charter School Report Casts Doubt on Obama's Education Policy  HuffPostEdu: The report, "Charter School Growth and Replications," found that, with some exceptions, charter schools that start strong are likely to stay that way, just as low-performing schools usually remain at the bottom. The study ranked charter schools within five levels based on performance, and found that 80 percent of schools in the bottom level during their first year remained there for five years. 

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Why are the parents being ignored on this issue? I think parents are being screwed and while the Waltons, the Dells, and the Gates family foundations are dishing out free money to whoever wants to launch a charter school. It will backfire. Former city council chairmen, lawyers.....all out for the mighty dollar at children's expense. Makes me sick!

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