Wednesday, February 21, 2007
NINE OUT OF 10 TOP MIDDLE SCHOOLS
IN NORTH PHOENIX ARE NOT REGULAR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
Here's a nugget from Matthew Ladner of the Goldwater Institute:
Just for fun, go to www.greatschools.net and call up a list of every middle school within 30 miles of the 85028 zip code. This zip code is in North Central Phoenix. You’ll get a list of 200 middle schools. Next rank the schools according to their performance on the Terra Nova reading exams. The top 4 middle schools in Phoenix region are charter schools, and six of the top 10. Rounding out the top ten are three magnet schools. In other words, nine of the top ten middle schools are all schools of choice. Only a single traditional public school makes the list -- at number 9.
Now, how many charter schools are there in Nebraska?
How many magnet middle schools?
Maybe one or two in the Omaha Public Schools, but they don't draw significantly from outside their own locales.
Just another indication of what we're missing in Nebraska, by not having a "market economy" for education.
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