While in my Huffington Post blogs I frequently complain about both charter schools and the way high-stakes testing is perverting education in the United States, sometimes the data the tests produce can be useful.
So to answer the question “Do Charter Schools Really Do Better?” let’s look at some test score numbers from Los Angeles.
The District also suspects Tri-Valley of a conflict of interest because it shares one of its public facilities with a private charter school with ties to its former CEO. The chain of charter schools also faces accusations of charging illegal tuition fees to foreign students and of owing $208,000 to a local community college for a “teacher fee” and $90,000 to the city of Livermore in back taxes.
Alan Singer is a social studies educator in the Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York and the editor of Social Science Docket (a joint publication of the New York and New Jersey Councils for Social Studies). He taught at a number of secondary schools in New York City, including Franklin K. Lane High School and Edward R. Murrow High School. He is the author of Education Flashpoints: Fighting for America's Schools (Routledge, 2014) which is based on his award winning Huffington Post blogs, Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach: A Handbook for Secondary School Teachers (Routledge, 2013), Social Studies For Secondary Schools, 4th Edition (Routledge, 2014), New York and Slavery, Time to Teach the Truth (SUNY, 2008), and Teaching Global History (Routledge, 2011).