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In Greenwich, Malloy throws “heavy support behind the charter school movement”

by Jon Pelto from Wait, What

At last week’s ConnCAN Block Party (it took place in Greenwich – go figure), Governor Malloy “spoke about the dismal graduation rate in urban districts. He told the crowd that on average, four in 10 students never receive a diploma. ”We cannot compete as a state with the other 49 states, or the rest of the world, when we’re willing to throw away year after year after year, 40 percent of our students in the urban environment,” Malloy said.

Surrounded by charter school supporters, owners and operators, Malloy explained that Connecticut has 31 low-performing school districts that educate 41 percent of the state’s students.

Malloy’s solution, according to a story in the Stamford Advocate, is to “replicate” what the charter schools are doing when it comes to keeping high school students in school.

Do what the charter schools are doing?

Well here are the facts when it comes enrollment decline and dropping out:

New Haven’s public high schools lose 46% of their students between 9th and 12th grade

Amistad Academy, a New Haven high school run by the charter management company, Achievement First, loses 51% of their students between 9th and 12th grade.

And Elm City Prep, another New Haven high school run by Achievement First, will have its first graduating class this year. It looks like it will have lost about 53% of its students between 9th and 12th grade.

The fact that we lose half the students in Connecticut’s urban high schools is a major problem that deserves a lot more attention, but having a Governor who fails to tell the truth in his effort to pander to the charter school industry is hardly the answer.

School Enrollment Decline
New Haven 46%
Amistad (charter) 51%
Elm City (charter) 53%* projected
Wilbur Cross High 49%
Hillhouse 49%
Cooperative High 23%
Hill Regional Career 28%