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On the heels of a report (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/charterschoice/2013/10
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The story focuses on the Net Charter High School (http://thenetnola.org) in New Orleans, which
aims to serve students who have dropped out of school, been in jail, or have children of their own.
One student talks about how she began attending Net charter school after failing to graduate at
another high school because of chronic absenteeism. She told The Advocate that without Net
charter school, she would have simply dropped out.
But because the student is graduating in more than four years, under the current system of evaluating
the performance of schools, her success is not counted as such, say officials at Net charter school.
Under the current system, the graduation rates of these schools are negatively impacted by students
who take more than four years total to graduate.
The article says that state officials have been quietly working on a solution to how alternative charter
schools might be evaluated differently than other schoolS, although the details have yet to be
announced. John White, Louisiana's state schools chief, has acknowledged that the current system
does not work for alternative schools, but he hasn't yet outlined a plan for a change in the evaluation
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