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I think this is an important issue and am glad the Post and GGW are covering it.

It _is_ significant. Mid-year transferring is always a net negative, because a lot of education is connected to relationships and classroom (aka "community") norms, which take time to develop and internalize.

But it's even more problematic when the transfer is a result of a student being disruptive or having other negative effects on their classroom. Under the current system, charter schools have the ability to kick out or coerce out the students that they perceive as least desirable. Neighborhood schools do not have this ability... plus, they must take the mid-year transfers from the charters. I would think that this is obviously, clearly unfair, and needs to be addressed.

(Adding insult to injury, they charter schools get to keep the per-student financial allotment of the kids they kick out, and the neighborhood schools don't get any extra funds for taking them on, as long as the transfer occurs after October. Of course, moving the kids would still be unfair if the money moved with them, but this just underscores the perverse incentives for charter schools to abuse their extra privileges.)

by Tim H on Feb 12, 2013 1:09 pm • linkreport

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