Notes on Karin Chenoweth's

It's Being Done and How It's Being Done

How Its Being Done

Chapter 8 Roxbury Prep--an Uncommon Schools school

From Diane Ravitch's The Death & Life of the Great American School System:
If we continue on the present course, with big foundations and the federal government investing heavily in opening more charter schools, the result is predictable. Charter schools in urban centers will enroll the motivated children of the poor, while the regular public schools will become schools of last resort for those who never applied or were rejected. The regular public schools will enroll a disproportionate share of students with learning disabilities and students who are classified as English-language learners; they will enroll the kids from the most troubled home circumstances, the ones with the worst attendance records and the lowest grades and test scores.
Do we need neighborhood public schools? I believe we do. The neighborhood school is the place where parents meet to share concerns about their children and the place where they learn the practice of democracy. They create a sense of community among strangers. As we lose neighborhood public schools, we lose the one local institution where people congregate and mobilize to solve local problems, where individuals learn to speak up and debate and engage in democratic give-and-take with their neighbors.
June 21, 2013
Arne Duncan has invited Emma Vadehra, the chief of staff of Uncommon Schools, which is known for its rigid discipline and high suspension rates, to be his chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education.

Oh my.
From Edushyster
October 6 2012
Roxbury Prep has the highest suspension rate in MA. 56.1%
They suspend MORE THAN HALF of their student body!