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Beloit College group explores charter schools

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Beth Wheelock
May 5, 2009

Charter schools are becoming a fixture in Rock County, and a Beloit College group is ready to reveal the results of its in-depth study of the non-traditional programs.


Associate Professor Bill New says the group discovered common themes among the students as they conducted approximately 40 interviews. The recurring features include problems at home, feeling invisible at traditional schools and getting into a variety of trouble. The trouble can include anything from unplanned pregnancy to juvenile detention. He says since the charter schools are designed differently than traditional schools, the schools can address those needs. The group also found at-risk students felt they had more control of their lives through charter schools.


The group presents its findings Wednesday at the Hendricks Education Center.


Scroll down to hear a podcast with more information about the presentation.

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