“Jonathan Hage: Please call your office.”
Writing in Tamarac Talk, Sharon Aron Baron explains:
Each year hundreds of parents enter their children’s names into lotteries and wait lists in hopes that their children will be one of the lucky few to be enrolled in Broward County’s charter schools. It is widely regarded that these schools offer a better education than what their children would normally receive in a regular public school.
But, are these charter schools doing anything that the public schools aren’t doing? When looking at serving students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, data shows that Broward County Public Schools are actually outperforming charter schools.
“The results were not what I expected,” said data analyst Andrew Ladanowski, who has one child that attends a charter school and another attending a Broward County Public School said, “I expected slightly better results at charter schools, even with accounting for socioeconomic conditions.”
Socioeconomic status refers to the level of education, income, and professionalism of an individual or group. Studies have shown lower socioeconomic backgrounds can negatively affect a child’s learning……
Ladanowski said, “Initially, people may look at Coral Springs or Flanagan High School and be disappointed, but when they start understanding the link between socioeconomics and a child’s performance, they would then congratulate these two schools. Here, they have two to four times as many kids who live in poverty than the nearby charter schools, and yet have pretty close reading scores to their more affluent charter school neighbors.”
He said that when analyzing schools, we need to compare free lunch, subsidized lunch and other kids, then compare how the schools do in these three categories. This will give you the real picture.
But I thought that….
Anyway, you can be sure that those top dollar mouthpieces from lobbying firms wont be talking up this study in Tallahassee – especially when it makes the guy signing the checks, Charter Schools USA boss Jonathan Hage, look bad when compared to some loathsome public schools with more poor kids. But they will tell you about this bogus study where Florida charter school kids have greater earning potential or something.