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Any excuse will do

When it comes to opposing charters

This article was published June 18, 2018 at 2:52 a.m.

THE CHARTER school system in Arkansas is working just as planned. For proof, see Friday's paper in which Gentle Reader learned that a couple of charter schools aren't anymore. An Einstein charter school pulled out of an Arkansas project, and another school's charter was revoked because of financial problems.

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JakeTidmore says... June 18, 2018 at 9:19 a.m.

And yet some academically failing charter schools still are here. There's a notable one in Little Rock that keeps getting a free pass from State Board of Education despite nearly a decade of failure. The most common reason for shutting down charters is that they are not fiscally sound.
I wonder if the gentle, but blindered editor would care to comment on the study of 750 charter schools which showed that they encourage segregation in the local community and still are predominant white enclaves for higher income families.
Here's link to report:
ht tp://hechingerreport.or g/nearly-750-charter-schools-are-whiter-than-the-nearby-district-schools/
Fair & balanced?? Neither charter schools or this editorial fit that definition.

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drs01 says... June 18, 2018 at 12:48 p.m.

I wonder how many of the LRSD's schools are "academically failing" and are still here? We know they have not been hurting for money (fiscally sound) thanks to the $1 billion in tax dollars given to them (with unfettered oversight).
If we ever expect our city to become what so many want it to be, then we must have alternatives to the currently failing traditional public schools. Charters are an alternative to packing up and moving to the surrounding cities; and many of those that do are the type of young, family professionals we need to retain or attract. Not everyone who lives here can afford the high cost of private schools.
I'm sure Tidmore's facts have some merit, but I know my grandchildren are in a charter that is minority white. So I guess there are exceptions. I believe the charters provide the needed alternatives and operate without racial inequities.

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hah406 says... June 18, 2018 at 1:07 p.m.

drs01, the charter schools do in some cases provide excellent needed alternatives. eSTEM being the finest example. However, there are many very successful schools in the LRSD as well, going to show that you can't lump them all together. I will point out that there are racial inequities in the charter system. A couple of years ago one prominent charter school system was caught sending targeted advertising only to upper class white neighborhoods in WLR, while not advertising at all south of I-630 and east of I-430, which is a majority black area.

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