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Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets

The Hechinger Report

In 2008, a few years after Hurricane Katrina, school officials in Louisiana asked aspiring charter-school leader Andrew Shahan to consider taking over the failing Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School in New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward. About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. She expected much more than ‘You’re going to meet state standards,’” he said.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

Although she earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in math instruction for both elementary and middle school, she never had to take a class about students with disabilities. A study in 2007 found that general education teachers in a teacher preparation program reported taking an average of 1.5 Academic outcomes for students with disabilities have remained stagnant for years, even as more students with special needs are integrated into general education classrooms.