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Old 05-04-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Possibly a reflection of the widening gap between the haves and have-nots, as well as the ever-increasing presence of asians and indians in the state.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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I've never heard of any Green Dot schools that didn't do well. Don't they serve neighborhoods where the schools had been underperforming or had been overcrowded? With their program, it looks like it would be impossible to fail.
Does anyone know if Green Dot campuses operate as stand-alone charter schools cherrypicking the best students from an area? Or do they "takeover" an existing high school, servicing the whole student body?
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:23 PM
 
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Does anyone know if Green Dot campuses operate as stand-alone charter schools cherrypicking the best students from an area? Or do they "takeover" an existing high school, servicing the whole student body?
This is from their website FAQ:
4. Green Dot's schools have high levels of success. Can it be that you choose students who are the "cream of the crop" to make your performance numbers more impressive?
Under law, charter schools are prohibited from pre-selecting students. If charters have more applicants than seats, each charter school must hold a lottery to randomly select students. Every year, Green Dot schools choose their incoming freshmen through a lottery process. Each school has 140 open spots. All students who are not chosen in the first 140 are added to a waitlist.
Green Dot Public Schools does extensive organizing to get a representative sample of students from the surrounding communities. In fact, Green Dot actually gets a higher proportion of students who request free and reduced lunch (an indicator of people living on or below the poverty line) than LAUSD. The majority of our parents have only completed high school- which is the same demographic of parent education as LAUSD.
Their stated mission is actually to try and inspire the LAUSD to greater achievement by transforming existing failing schools. The program also requires 35 annual hours of parental participation! I'll do some scouting around for controversial issues surrounding Green Dot. Everything's worth discussing when it comes to school improvement.

ETA: Here's one stumble, a recent one from March 23rd of this year. "Green Dot Public Schools, a leading charter school operator, is shutting down a campus because of low enrollment, financial pressures and subpar performance, officials confirmed Monday." Amino Justice especially faced enrollment problems from competing charter and LAUSD schools. Green Dot's strategy in its incipience has relied on philanthropy--the Gates Foundation is a contributor--and it somewhat resembles PBS in that sense. Unfortunately, until it can gain traction such a business model risks business failures too. It is interested in radical transformation, but subject to market forces it's also an uneasy gauntlet. For my part, any new approach is better than the status quo of poor performance.

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