CPS charter schools criticized for high expulsion rate

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The Chicago public school system confirms, its privately operated charter schools expel problem students at a much higher rate than its other schools.

In fact, a charter school student is 12 times as likely to be expelled as a student at a non-charter school.

Critics say charter schools keep their academic scores artificially high by expelling troubled students; but CPS says it is implementing programs like student-led peer juries and peace circles, to help struggling students resolve their conflicts and stay in school.

High school dropout rates have dropped by one-third in the past three years; and elementary school dropouts are down by one-fourth in the past year.

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