harmum 1 year, 6 months ago on YARBROUGH: School superintendent association head refutes pro-charter claims

The most comprehensive study undertaken to compare regular public schools and charter schools was undertaken by Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO). This study, published in June, 2009, studied charter schools in 15 states, and the District of Columbia. CREDO'S web address is: credo.stanford.edu/

Their Summary states:"...the group portrait shows wide variation in performance. The study reveals that a decent fraction of charter schools, 17 percent provide superior education opportunities for their students. Nearly half of the charter schools nationwide have results that are no different from the local public school options and over a third, 37 percent, deliver learning results that are significantly worse than their student would have realized had they remained in traditional public schools....". (I personally don't think 17 percent is a "decent fraction, however I am quoting what was written.)

In other words, 83 percent provided eduction to their students that was either the same, or worse, than traditional public schools.

Georgia's own Department of Education has found for Georgia schools "..the same general performance trends..." between regular schools and charter schools.

Amendment 1 proposes adding seven (7) political appointees to the state school bureaucracy. That is just what our floundering education system needs---more state interference and more political appointees. Perhaps they could appoint some of the MARTA board members--we all know how well they have done.