It’s The PR Stupid!

Uh oh! Those hatchet men at RAND are up to it again…this time maligning the Pittsburgh schools! New RAND study says that, like most other urban districts, Pittsburgh has a dropout problem. It’s apparently a devastating problem for the kids city:

“It’s very incendiary to put something like this out there when there’s so much gray area and speculation,” board member Randall Taylor said at a meeting last night. “For us to tell the city we are not graduating this many students, this is devastating to the city.”

The report also offers a nice walk-through of some of the issues surrounding calculating grad rates.

Update: This post should have mentioned that Brian Gill of RAND, an author of the report, is on the ES Research Advisory Board.

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