How many students leave charter schools, and why do they go?

November 9, 2010

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Charter school graduates Marcus Bass and Cameron Barnes of Urban Prep High School.

To talk more about students who leave Chicago's charters, Eight Forty-Eight talked with WBEZ's Linda Lutton and Sarah Karp, deputy editor of school reform magazine Catalyst.

The two worked together to examine transfer-out rates at Chicago charter schools. They talk about the dearth of data around the issue. Karp and Lutton also discuss the impact transferring out has on students and their families.

You can listen to Lutton's report, "Chicago charter school struggle to hold onto weakest students," and read the Catalyst report, "One in 10 charter school students transfers out."