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Renaissance vote tonight: How the budget figures in

By the Notebook on Apr 19, 2012 01:32 PM

NewsWorks and Notebook freelancer Bill Hangley provides important background to today's vote on four new charter conversions: What effect do the District's budget troubles have on turnaround models? Research suggested that the charter school model and the District-run Promise Academy model were equally successful, but Promise Academies were not an option this year. And researchers wondering what led to the Renaissance charters' gains in academics and attendance have not had access to those schools to find out what makes them tick.

Check back for coverage of the vote at the School Reform Commission meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Submitted by Bill Hangley (not verified) on April 19, 2012 3:33 pm

Thanks for sharing this, guys. Among the things that didn't make it into my final script is the fact that Research for Action is very eager to look more closely at the cost of the Renaissance program. RFA's Kate Shaw told us that they weren't able to look at cost in any detail, and she felt that one thing the next superintendent should look at is the cost-effectiveness of the various approaches.

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