WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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124 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer Closing the Opportunity Gap Supporting Boston's Charter Schools the National Center for Education Statistics reveals a disturbing fact. By the fourth grade, the majority of black and Latino students in the United States struggle to read a simple chil- dren's book and are unlikely to go on to graduate from high school. The Postsecondary Education Opportunity Newsletter weighs in with another startling statistic. Only eight percent of ninth graders from low-income families go on to graduate from college with a Bachelor's degree. Although every child deserves a quality education, unfortunately, race, family income, and zip codes often determine a student's future. Charter Schools: Agents of Educational Reform Charter schools were conceived in the early 1990s as "education laboratories." Although not all succeed in elevating academics and college readiness, Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) asserts that charter schools serve a pivotal role in educa- tional reform. CREDO — established to assess educational initiatives and inform educators and policymakers about successful programs, curricula, policies, and practices — conducted a National Charter School Study in 2013. The study analyzes schools in 27 states representing 95 percent of the charter school student population.

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