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Congressman Cantor To Speak At Philly Charter School

Related Stories Cantor embarked on a school tour earlier this year in which he pushed for a policy which he claims outlines elements of a policy agenda that places less emphasis on federal budget math and more on education. Cantor will tour the Freire Charter School high school campus located at 2027 Chestnut Street beginning at 9 a.m. He is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. Helen Gym, a member of ParentsUnited, a volunteer group made up of parents of public school students, criticized the congressman as well as his stance on school choice. "Cantor supports a false notion of choice," she wrote on her Twitter page. "To defund public schools and give parents "choice" among an erratic range of charters." In 2011, Congressman Cantor was scheduled to appear at UPenns Wharton School of Business to deliver a public speech on the American Dream and Economic Growth. Cantor canceled his speech after members of Occupy Philadelphia as well as Penn and Temple students marched from City Hall to the Penn campus in protest. Occupy members claimed the purpose of the march was to bring awareness of corporate greed to Congressman Eric Cantor. Prior to the scheduled appearance, Cantor made headlines when he stated he was increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and other cities across the country. Cantor later backed away from those comments but still claimed the Occupy movement was divisive and pitted Americans against other Americans.
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Adding more desks to D.C.?s charter schools

So the Districts decision to make Charles E. Young and other shuttered schools available to public charters is to be applauded even if it doesnt help those students who missed out on educational opportunities because of the citys previous reluctance to provide space to charters. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) announced Wednesday that Two Rivers and another highly acclaimed public charter school, KIPP DC , will enter into long-term leases for the two public school buildings. The award of the historic Young facility to Two Rivers and the former Hamilton School to KIPP DC is an important step by the District government in helping charters solve whats been a chronic shortage of appropriate classroom space.
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Charter schools are underperforming Public schools

Here are the facts: The National Charter School Study by Stanford Universitys Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (CREDO) is the gold standard for comparing the performance of charter schools and public schools. CREDO released its original study four years ago and released an updated version yesterday. In both studies, neighborhood public schools win over charter schools hands down. But charter schools are improvingfrom very bad to mediocre: In 2009, 37% of charter schools performed worse than the neighborhood public school and only 17% did better. Now 31% do worse than the neighborhood school while 29% do better.
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