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Posted on 02/04/2008 8:26:29 AM PST by bs9021
Old Milwaukee Light by: Jeremy Hempel, February 04, 2008
A new report has come out comparing Milwaukee public highschool students and students enrolled in the Milwaukee Parents Choice Program. The Milwaukee Parents Choice Program or MPCP is a system of private schools available to low-income families (<$35,000) living in Milwaukee. About one in four high school students who live in the region are in the MPCP program boasting over 18,000 students. There are a total of 122 private schools that parents can choose from for their children to attend. Jay Greene, PhD, has conducted a study on the class of 2002-2003. This preliminary study done on the two systems suggest that the MPCP students receive a better education than the students in public schools. The 2004 report by Jay Greene showed a difference in graduation rates between the two systems to be 28%, with the MPCP performing much higher. A more-in-depth study clarifies the findings.
A new study is available from Dr. John Warren from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, who conducted a more thorough investigation into the nature of the two high school programs in Milwaukee. Original reports focused exclusively on the number of ninth graders in one year and the number of seniors four years later. This did not really take into account graduation rates. There are variables that need to be accounted for...
This expanded study was conducted over a period of four years. The MPCP schools showed on average, a 10-20% advantage over the public school system. The MPCP had a steady 57-61% graduation rate compared to MPSs 36-49%. Of the ten largest high schools in MPS, only two had graduation rates over 50%. Of the three largest MPCP high schools, none had graduation rates under 50%. The difference between the systems is already becoming evident.
(Excerpt) Read more at campusreportonline.net ...
Whew, for a minute there I thought this was about some nasty beer.
It’s sure sad when they brag about a 61% graduation rate.