|Dewey did not defeat Truman. The earth is not flat. And the charter school wait lists do not exceed 45,000. But that’s not what the charters say. In fact, charters also say that they have a waiting list in Boston that exceeds 20,000. (See here, third bullet) Really? Let’s take a look at how the charters come up with their totals.
Our city schools have waiting lists as well. But they are real waiting lists. One can appear on multiple lists, but the lists are cleaned up year-to-year, so a student doesn’t remain on the same list for as many as eight years, as he or she can in the charters. Let’s do a little comparison.
In the BPS, we had at the start of this school year a real wait list of 11,224 individual (and real) students waiting for their single top choice. These students do not appear on multiple lists and are on this particular list for one assignment season only. Again, this is a real waiting list. If we want to look at students on wait lists in the BPS for their top three choices, our list grows to 23,482. (By the way, all BPS numbers are as of the start of this school year after the lists have been scrubbed. No duplicates allowed.)
In fact, we have 1,031 schools by grade with waiting lists — that’s virtually every school and every grade within that school. Again, these are real numbers, and Dewey did not defeat Truman.