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How the University of Chicago Does Charter Schools

On Wednesday, the last day of the Education Writers Association annual national seminar, I visited the University of Chicago’s North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School. It is one of four run by the university and is located in an old building that shares space with another public school. This campus served students in pre-kindergarten through grade five. It is open to students within a two mile radius, and according to Shayne Evans, CEO of the Urban Education Institute has a 3-4 percent, annual attrition rate. The schools, he said, work to tackle the belief gap, as in having confidence low income, minority students can succeed.