Since we’ve been talking about the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter schools, here’s an article that Education Week just posted about the college graduation rate of KIPP’s first two middle schools. Note that they beat the national average . . . even though 85% of the students qualified for the free lunch program.
By the way, I agree with commentators that many charter schools produce poor results (welcome to the education club) and that they’re a very mixed bag. In fact, a startling number of them fail.
And I think that’s a good thing.
In a minute I’m going to repost something I wrote on another blog about why charter school failure can be a good thing. And then – really – I am going to get back to common schools.