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USA Today slams charter schools, buries far worse public-school stats

A recent USA Today article promised to expose “charter schools’ ‘thorny’ problem,” which is that graduates of these public-school alternatives only have about a 1 in 4 college graduation rate.

Writer Greg Toppo used a Los Angeles charter school as a reference for the report. He noted that while it boasts an exceptionally high rate of graduation and college attendance, a majority of those students will drop out before earning a degree.

What the article does not reveal until an aside in the fourth paragraph, however, is that the rate among their peers in area public schools is much lower.

As it turns out, nearly three times as many charter school graduates earn a college degree than their low-income counterparts from typical high schools, Toppo acknowledged.

The charter school model has long been championed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and has gained popularity in recent years despite the opposition of critics.


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