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Among those voicing concern was Hillary Clinton at the SC event over the weekend. The VCUSD should dissolve all existing charters due to lack of resources to provide appropriate oversight without negatively impacting our neighborhood public schools. And here's a couple of problems. Members don't want any money for facilities to go to any charter school. And if they do, they don't keep them. The vast majority of charter schools transform the lives of the kids they serve at a fraction of the cost of traditional public schools. I encourage her to meet with the parents of charter students, who view these schools as saviors for their children. Not outside of it, but within it. And the vast majority of charter schools not only have to fight to educate children, they have to fight the daily attacks from bureaucrats and special interests who place paychecks and adult jobs over the futures of disadvantaged kids. And in New Orleans, 93 percent of students attend a charter school.

Nationally, more than 6 percent of students attend a public charter school.

The Times-Herald reported that a charter application required about 160 hours of review by VCUSD staff. If that rate is applied to the recent cycle of charter applications, our neighborhood public schools lost 100 days of staff attention during a time of unprecedented need in our district.

Most public charter schools don't take hard-to-teach students, or at least that's what Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in an interview.

New charter schools open each year. A few education reformers still hope this means she'll continue to support them.

But in the 1990s, charter schools were a Clintonian triangulation.

A few districts with the highest enrollment numbers also rank among the highest academic achievers, the report found. In Los Angeles, charter students scored higher on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores in 2015 than traditional public school students. Ultimately, charters are allowed to play by different rules while using public funds and assets. The unions endorsed Clinton, and the evidence so far is piling up that her vision really does align more closely with theirs.

Urban charter schools are generally better than traditional public schools at increasing students' reading and math scores.

The requests come a month after the state legislature passed a comprehensive charter school reform bill that made Ohio's first substantial changes in charter school law in years. In Chicago, charter schools expel students at 13 times the rate of traditional public schools.

The higher suspension and expulsion rates don't count students who leave voluntarily. Charter schools don't have admissions officers saying, "This student looks like they'll be hard", before giving them the rejection stamp. Students' departures accounted for, at most, one-third of KIPP's advantage on standardized tests.

"The president believes, as I do, that charter schools are a way of bringing teachers and parents and communities together - instead of other efforts - like vouchers - which separate people out - siphon off much-needed resources; and weakening the school systems that desperately need to be strengthened", she said. Compared to traditional public schools, charter schools have more independence in their operations and curricula, which is why so many families find charter schools desirable.

In the same interview, Clinton said, "It is a rebuke to who we are as Americans to send any child to a school that you wouldn't send your own child to". It does suggest a symbiotic relationship between charter and traditional public schools that charter backers don't always acknowledge.

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