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The Offline Implications Of The Research About Online Charter Schools

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Of course, the criticisms against virtual charters extend far beyond just test scores. There's also the rampant fraud and the persistent violation of the rights of students with disabilities, along with the other criticisms of charters in general (added budget pressures, eroding the notion of schools as a public good, etc.). That said, I enjoyed the piece and how you lay out your thinking on this issue. One thing to consider on the sector's continued growth: corporate lobbying. For example, North Carolina's two virtual charters - led by Pearson and K12 - employ six very influential lobbyists. The Pearson school has ranked dead last in terms of student growth in each of its first three years. The K12 school was tied with the Pearson school for dead last in its first year and still remains in the bottom 4% of schools in terms of student growth. Despite these results, lawmakers extended their charters for an additional four years.

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