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Henig Comments on D.C. Charter Schools

Jeffrey Henig, professor of political science and education, recently commented on the variances in quality among charter schools within the nation's capital.

Jeffrey Henig, professor of political science and education, recently commented on the variances in quality among charter schools within the nation's capital. A study of these schools, which included site visits to 39 campuses, interviews with educators, and a review of student test scores, revealed that factors including teacher and administrative training, curriculum content, and funding underscore these inequalities. Henig, who has studied charters in the District, said, "It's a real mixed lot. Some of them probably are doing a better job than the schools from which they're drawing families. . . . Some school leaders and some teachers are younger and more enthusiastic and are possibly forging better relationships with the kids. But a lot of them are quite amateurish and are doing a bad job."


Charter schools, which receive government funding yet are operated independent of the public school system, were introduced in the District in 1996. There are 11,603 enrollees--one out of every seven public school children--in D.C. charter schools

The article, entitled "Quality Uneven, Despite Popularity" appeared in the June 19 edition of the Washington Post .

Published Monday, Jun. 23, 2003

Henig Comments on D.C. Charter Schools

Jeffrey Henig, professor of political science and education, recently commented on the variances in quality among charter schools within the nation's capital. A study of these schools, which included site visits to 39 campuses, interviews with educators, and a review of student test scores, revealed that factors including teacher and administrative training, curriculum content, and funding underscore these inequalities. Henig, who has studied charters in the District, said, "It's a real mixed lot. Some of them probably are doing a better job than the schools from which they're drawing families. . . . Some school leaders and some teachers are younger and more enthusiastic and are possibly forging better relationships with the kids. But a lot of them are quite amateurish and are doing a bad job."


Charter schools, which receive government funding yet are operated independent of the public school system, were introduced in the District in 1996. There are 11,603 enrollees--one out of every seven public school children--in D.C. charter schools

The article, entitled "Quality Uneven, Despite Popularity" appeared in the June 19 edition of the Washington Post .

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