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June 30, 2011

Trend on Urban Boys Charters Continues

Next up: Denver. From the article: The school emphasizes business and mathematics and requires a course in entrepreneurship for all ninth-graders. "We focus on those because we think it allows students to be problem solvers and critical thinkers," said the school's chief curriculum officer, Keith...

June 29, 2011

Boys Prep Approved in Nashville

Boys charters in urban areas becoming a popular antidote to the boy troubles.

June 17, 2011

The Record at Urban Prep

Urban charter schools for boys have gotten caught up in the general education wars, where the unions and their defenders belittle the accomplishments of charter schools. Here's Tim King defending the academic record at Urban Prep. Rather than paralleling our students' performance to children from a...

June 07, 2011

Philly Boys Latin Graduation Draws Governor and Mayor

Sounds like an interesting school, with 96 percent of the graduating seniors headed to college, most of them four-year colleges. Stories like this, however, rarely get into the important qualifiers: How representative of the neighborhoods was the original class of ninth graders and how many of those...

April 11, 2011

'Never Mind' on KIPP losing Black Boys

Research from Mathematica -- an organization known to turn out reliable numbers -- contradicts a Western Michigan University study released last month which found the charter schools were losing black males at a high rate. From the Education Week story: "Our data is showing that KIPP loses black m...

April 04, 2011

Preschool the Answer?

Washington Post described urban charters moving into preschool and hoping to correct academic problems early. But there are downsides, especially among boys, who may not be ready for an academic agenda.

May 02, 2010

Charters That Help Boys

This oddly written piece in the New York Times about successful/unsuccessful charters (It would be news if Uncommon Schools couldn't replicate its success. The fact that most charters do no better, or even worse, than comparable neighborhood schools is not news) is still worth a read, mostly because...

March 19, 2010

Important Victory in Baltimore

In my book I profile a KIPP charter school in Washington that admits inner city boys who are far behind the girls (not to mention the rest of the nation) in literacy and in three years turns out both girls and boys reading at the same proficiency. Lesson learned: You don't have to separate the sexes...

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