Charters get more poor kids ‘through’ college | Joanne

Top charter networks have increased the college-completion rate dramatically for their low-income black and Latino graduates, concludes Richard Whitmore, who’s posted a series called The Alumni on The 74. 

Getting disadvantaged students to college isn’t enough, charter leaders have concluded, according to Whitmire. What matters is getting them through college to a bachelor’s degree.

Nationwide, only 9 percent of low-income blacks and Latino students earn four-year degrees within six years, compared with 77 percent of students from high-income families, as of 2015, he writes.


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