NYC School Chancellor Joel Klein released a statement yesterday in which he defended his pet project, the Charter Schools. In this statement, Klein asserted that:
"Despite the financial handicaps detailed in the IBO study, charter schools in New York City have been exceptionally effective. Charter school students outperform students in district schools by seven points in both reading and math, and, in one of two recent studies establishing the effectiveness of City charters, researchers found that the longer students remain in our charter schools, the higher their achievement is compared to similar students in district schools."
Seriously, Joel? Charter School students outperform the regular district students? Do you think that might have something to do with the fact that Charter Schools recruit and handpick their students based on NYS test scores? Or the fact that students who have failed the NYS Proficiency Tests are NOT ALLOWED to enroll in the 99 charter schools currently in NYC? Or if they do fail they can be kicked out and sent to those "underperforming" district schools? Or how about the fact that students who exhibit behavioral problems are summarily removed from the school and placed back into their zoned district school, allowing the remaining students the opportunity to concentrate on their education without the added distraction of troublemakers, malcontents, and other recalcitrant thugs? Did you willingly overlook those variables?
Or does Joel Klein really think the parents, teachers, and taxpayers of NYC are astonishingly stupid?