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Across the nation, schools managed by for-profit firms such as K12 Inc, National Heritage Academies and Charter Schools USA, as well as nonprofit education management organizations (EMOs) such as KIPP, continue to increase the number of students they enroll, despite a scarcity of evidence showing positive results.
A report from Illinois Policy Institute asserts that the Illinois system of funding public schools is “broken” and should be replaced by a system ”where parents control the flow and distribution of money.” However, the reviewers find that it offers no evidence to support either its claims or its proffered solution.
The authors review a Brookings report which contends that school choice and competition have contributed to improved test scores and graduation rates in New York City. They find that, due to selectively presented findings and causal interpretations of correlational data, the paper belongs more in the genre of weakly supported advocacy pieces rather than research.
Researchers examine the policy of school self-evaluation followed by inspection (SSE/I) used in several European countries.
Julie Mead’s review of this report on the lower enrollment rates of children with disabilities in New York City charter schools finds that, although the report raises interesting issues about application and transfer patterns, it ultimately fails to provide useful results to inform policymakers. The report asserts but does not provide evidence that “counseling out” is minimal or does not occur, nor does it answer “why” disparities persist.