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A weird article about discipline in urban charter schools

favicon Robert Pondiscio, an adviser to Democracy Prep Public Schools, a charter network in New York City, wrote this fairly incomprehensible article in U.S. News and World Report.

Maybe you could help me make sense of it.

My understanding of Mr. Podiscio’s argument is that recent criticism of urban charter schools’ strict disciplinary practices (like at Success Academy) is unfounded because rich white suburban schools do the same thing — they cream, they suspend, they counsel out.

In other words, because elite schools are exclusive, then urban charters should be able to the same thing.

I just don’t get it. Do you?

“Let’s not kid ourselves that “creaming” and “counseling out” are rarities in American public education. But it’s in rich neighborhoods, not poor ones, where such practices thrive.”

Source: http://j.mp/1NX7goM (via Pocket). favicon