D.C. charter schools expel students at far higher rates than traditional public schools

Charter schools need the ability to remove students who endanger the safety of the other kids.  I think that’s true.  Also students who make the classrooms less conducive to learning. So far so good.

Well, no duh.  Do charters have some magic urgency to what they’re doing that the rest of us in actual public schools don’t?  If a charter operator took over an entire school district, without the possibility of expulsion, they’d end up recreating the public school system that they replaced.  Without the ability to choose your enrollment, all of the high powered expectations go out the window:

  • no excuses
  • zero tolerance
  • 30+ students per class with direct instruction every day

Towards the end of the article, there is some talk about charter heads setting up an alternative school as an alternative to expulsion.  So it begins.


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