Last month, the Express-News ran an article reporting on a study by Dr. Ed Fuller claiming that charter schools enroll “advantaged” students and that explains charter schools’ success. Here is my critique of the “skimming” argument. (Scroll down for Dr. Fuller’s comments in which, among other things, he exhorts me to “stop drinking the kool-aid.”)
From today’s paper, here is a rebuttal from Victoria Rico, a trustee of the George W. Brackenridge Foundation:
Studies by researchers at MIT, Harvard, Duke, Columbia, Stanford, Mathematica and the University of Michigan have shown that in high performing charters, lottery winners get about four extra years worth of education by the time they complete high school as compared to the kids who lost the lottery.
“Charter schools don’t skim top students”, Victoria Rico, San Antonio Express-News, September 17, 2012.