Clinton, Duncan to address Atlanta charter school conference

An impressive roster of speakers will address the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools 11th annual National Charter Schools Conference this week in Atlanta.

Today, the 4,000 attendees will hear from President Bill Clinton. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will speak to the conference.

In a statement, Peter C. Groff, alliance president and CEO, said, “We gather in Atlanta, a significant location for civil rights accomplishments, and recognize that improving public education for all students is the most pressing civil rights issue today. Public charter schools are leading the charge and delivering new options to children who deserve access to high-quality, public schools.”

This year, 1.8 million students attended 5,277 public charter schools, an 11.8 percent growth over 2009-2010.

In Georgia, 122 charter public schools serve about 65,000 of the 1.66 million public school students in the state.

According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools online dashboard:

–Sixty-three percent of public charter school students are non-white, compared with 42.7 percent non-white in traditional public schools.

–Roughly 55 percent of public charter schools are located in large cities compared with 25 percent of traditional public schools were located in large cities.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

20 comments Add your comment

Andrew Shontz

June 21st, 2011
6:39 am

I would like to know what time, he will be in town, so i can get around, the traffic it will tie up?

Andrew Shontz

June 21st, 2011
6:41 am

Enter your comments here


June 21st, 2011
7:18 am

IMPRESSIVE. Clinton, Duncan etc. More Hot Air and wasted oxygen than usual…YIPPEEE!!!


June 21st, 2011
8:06 am

love your comments Dr. No…

Inescapable yet unspoken

June 21st, 2011
8:34 am

The key to education: parent NOT teachers!

A lot of the truths about education in this country were on display Saturday as I watched the Class of 2011 graduate from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. To me, none was more obvious than the fact that parents and family culture are the most important factors in a child’s education. It’s a fact that school administrators and the ever-expanding industry of “reformers” are loath to admit, lest they appear powerless in the face of the staggering academic differences among the kids who have been handed diplomas from America’s high schools this month.

hoe hum

June 21st, 2011
8:59 am

there goes that civil rights and education pitch again… before its all said and done the federal government will do to education and healthcare what it did with the Indian Affairs Admin.


June 21st, 2011
9:27 am

Bill Clinton. I don’t think his success was due to parents. Certainly not to his alcoholic stepfather.


June 21st, 2011
9:29 am

If it weren’t so pathetic, it would be funny. More government, more failure. Same old, same old.

A Conservative Voice

June 21st, 2011
9:29 am

WOW, where can I get a ticket?

Active in Cherokee

June 21st, 2011
10:36 am

Maybe they can talk about the craziness with the Charter school here in Cherokee Co.

@Maureen – do you have any inside info on the Cherokee Co. Charter?


June 21st, 2011
10:58 am

More wasted words, more wasted money

I'm just sayin'

June 21st, 2011
11:02 am

@amazed–don’t judge so quickly. My sons are very successful because they did not want to be anything like their alcoholic father.

Education Insider

June 21st, 2011
12:13 pm

To understand that competition is good is to see the value of charters. No, I don’t know that charters are the answer but they are willing to try something different…and that is always good.


June 21st, 2011
12:31 pm

Anything that breaks up the govt schools monopoly is a good thing but watch out for the law of unintended consequences. In Alpharetta there are now 3 charter schools (that I know of) that are quietly becoming Muslim fronts. Fulton Science Academy (mid and high) and Amana are at worst “sympathetic” to Muslims and Amana seems to be nearly all Muslim. Leave it to them to figure out a way to get public funding for their own school.


June 21st, 2011
12:42 pm

With the tremendous strains to the budgets of cash strapped school districts, maintaining charter schools is almost impossible in most of the districts in GA today. Many of the charter schools are just ways to keep the undesirables out-and away from the precious perfect children. Yes test scores are higher- but the variable to consider is PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT!


June 21st, 2011
12:45 pm

Carter, Clinton and Obama owe their sucess to their stupid Democratic base. Carter and Obama are competing for worse and Clinton has wrapped-up molestor in creep now.

old school doc

June 21st, 2011
9:39 pm

The statistics that Maureen posted tell me what I have been seeing in my neighborhood: education-minded people of color DO NOT want their children to be socialized with the underclass who doesn’t value hardwork/education. We may live amongst folk of all SES levels due to our history of segregation/redlining, but we do not want our kids to adopt the cultural practices/educational attitudes of the ghetto. Thus you find many from the “urban” areas trying to get transfers to out of zone schools, trying to go to charters, or going to private schools.

Inescapable yet unspoken

June 21st, 2011
10:40 pm

Saying that a few exceptional individuals ( Bill Clinton and others) who succeed academically despite their childhood poverty or parental neglect contradict the notion that parents are much more important to academic success is akin to declare it safe to leap out of airplanes WITHOUT parachutes because some lucky skydivers have survived a parachute malfunction.

You are welcome to craft this sentence better!


June 22nd, 2011
10:19 am

Teachers can make a difference. Parents are important and maybe the most important, but not the only thing that’s important. The schools can’t control the parents. But teachers and the school environment are things they can control. 8 hours a day when acting up doesn’t benefit you can change a child’s behavior in that environment.

And there are a lot more self-made men (and women) than people who have survived falls without a parachute.

The prayer goes, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

Jim Horn

June 23rd, 2011
3:55 am

From a piece previously published at Miller-McCune:
. . . . In system-wide comparisons, charter schools were 20 percent more segregated than the public schools, and in the more localized comparisons, the charters were 18 percent more segregated than neighboring publics. In the words of the CRP Report’s authors, the “data show that we are in the process of subsidizing an expansion of a substantially separate-by race, class, disability and possibly language-sector of schools, with little to no evidence that it provides a systematically better option for parents or that access to these schools of choice is fairly available to all.”

If charter schools had some pedagogical advantage to recommend them, then perhaps the social costs of re-segregation, anti-cultural curricula, and total compliance instructional methods would be easier to accept. Perhaps. But in study after study after study over the past ten years, corporate charter schools, either the for-profit or non-profit varieties, are more likely to be academically weaker or no better than the public schools they seek to replace. The largest of the studies conducted by Stanford’s CREDO group included a longitudinal and peer-reviewed examination of 70 percent of the nation’s charter schools in 15 states and Washington, DC. Significantly, it was funded by supporters of the charter movement, who, no doubt, got results they had not anticipated.

The study found that only 17 percent of charters do better than matched public schools, 46 percent show no significant difference in performance, and 37 percent do worse than matched public peers. Unfortunately, a very recent Fordham Institute study now finds that, despite the charter industry’s mantra that “bad schools don’t last-ei­ther they improve or they close,” 72 percent of bad charters remain open five years after they were identified as bad.

It may be hard to imagine the FDA recommending approval for a new drug that gets better results than available medicines in only 17 percent of the cases, and yet the U. S. Department of Education has based the $4 billion Race to the Top point system largely on whether states remove restrictions on the growth of these marginally effective corporate-run schools that collect public funds to operate. On top of that indignity, the Secretary of Education and his corporate foundation advisors chose to award no RTTT points to states or municipalities to effect or even incentivize school integration efforts or inclusion models, in charters or regular schools. While it was the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 that provided the carrot that effectively served to end apartheid schooling in the South, could it be that ESEA’s next version will provide the most effective and perverse incentive to re-segregate America’s schools 45 years later? . . . .