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A new report says the successes of market-oriented approaches to education reform in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C., have been overinflated by their supporters. The report by the Broader Bolder Approach to Education campaign reviewed data to examine the assertions by reformers in those cities that expanding the number of charter schools and closing failing schools will increase student achievement and decrease gaps to education attainment based on race and income. The conclusion: "The reforms deliver few benefits and in some cases harm the students they purport to help." The 15-page executive summary has been released and can be read below. The full report is due on April 18.
Market-oriented education reforms’ rhetoric trumps reality