Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Minneapolis Charter Doesn’t Want Special Needs Students

This from Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Minneapolis School Board closed down Cityview, one of its public schools whose test scores were too low, it replaced Cityview with a charter school, Minneapolis School of Science. The charter school has told the families of 40 children with special needs–children with Down Syndrome and autism–that they are not wanted at the school. Clearly the schools is bouncing these children to improve their test scores.
Is this what “no child left behind” means? Does it mean pushing out the most vulnerable children to inflate the school’s scores?
In a half-minute of Googling, I discovered that the Minneapolis School of Science is part of the chain called Concept Schools, which is affiliated with the Gulen charter chain. The Gulen schools are part of the nation’s largest charter chain. Most get high test scores.
Most focus on math and science. They have some sort of association with a Turkish imam named Fethullah Gulen. The New York Times wrote a front-page story about the cleric a few months ago. The Gulen schools have occasionally become involved in controversy having to do with audits and ties to Turkey...


Anonymous said...

Or clearly the schools is bouncing these children because they couldn't afford the one on one teacher ratios needed to handle special needs children.

Maybe states need to provide more funding for kids with special needs.

Districts can skim some from every child's money to pay for the additional costs of special needs. Charters don't have that luxury.

Richard Day said...

Ha! That's a good one. Pull the other leg.

Gulen is a Fraud said...

Not so, these are "Gulen Inspired" schools that were featured on "60 minutes" do your homework.
Their sister school in Texas- Harmony Science Academy was just audited and found to have misspent over #187,000 in federal funds earmarked for special needs.