A few details stand out. First of all, notice that most of the charter middle schools are below the improvement trend line, suggesting that charters are not adding as much value as the average traditional public school (a second chart shows charters doing about average with math). Second, notice that the 4th grade scores of incoming charter school fifth grade students are all clustered near or above zero, indicating that charters are attracting average or better students, not the high-needs students charter backers claim they want to serve. NYC Teacher Evaluation Data Show Charter Schools Perform No Better Than Public I was struck by how schools with the highest statewide rankings often have unusually low similar-school rankings and that charter schools do no better than other public schools. RIEHL: Charter schools do no better than public ones : North County Times Another Republican policy that promised so, much costs so much but, as usual, makes things worse and ends up costing the middle class. Well, at least they're consistent. I was watching a reporter on Morning Joe talk about the data being correlated showing the difference between Charter Schools and Public Schools. One of the surprising finds was the Charter Schools attract the best students but end up, in many times, doing worse than public schools. Then there is the cost. All the Republican upgrades have been money magnets with little to show. Standardized testing threw a half billion dollars cost with no real result. Now this is the funny part. Joe, a Republican, said that there should be standardized testing for "math and science" because they can't be political. Everyone laughed, some guffawed. For a moment, he looked blank and stunned, then, with a rueful grin, said, "Well, math anyway. You can't politicize an equation". Even other Republicans know what their party has done to science and education in this country. And it isn't "good". Two things Republicans should stay away from: Education and Politics. They are worse than failures at both. They are catastrophic.