Saturday, March 28, 2015

SCORECARD ON EDUCATION COVERAGE

MAKING SENSE OF EDUCATION NEWS USING AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASTIME
Media is More Reliable On
Online Learning 53%
General Teacher Issues 51%
Other Education Issues 50%
Media is Less Reliable On
Teachers 26%
Spending 39%
Superintendents 40%

Reliability Score

35%

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School Choice Momentum
5/6

Mar 27, 9:24 AM, Wall Street Journal:

Growing number of state legislatures considering school choice programs and expansions. Proponents claim there is more political momentum than prior years. Parents using school choice praise access to opportunities. 

Northeast Comes Out on Top in Study of Best K-12 Schools (CER in the news)
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Mar 26, 8:53 AM, Main Street:

The Northeast reigns and many Western states flounder in a study by the financial website SmartAsset ranking K-12 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Stanford study: Urban charter school students have academic edge, but are differences meaningful?
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Mar 26, 8:51 AM, Seattle Times:

A new national study of urban charter schools shows uneven student growth in math and reading, but Boston and Newark charter schools stand out.
Education funding gaps: Which states are hitting, missing the mark?
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Mar 26, 8:50 AM, Christian Science Monitor:

High-poverty school districts receive an average of 10 percent less per student in state and local funding than districts with few students in poverty, a new report finds. However, some states have managed to close that gap.
Grading Teachers by the Test
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Mar 25, 9:11 AM, New York Times:

American education has embarked upon a nationwide experiment in incentive design. Prodded by the Education Department, most states have set up evaluation systems for teachers built on the gains of their students on standardized tests, >
Another state joins the charter school movement (CER in the news)
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Mar 23, 9:15 AM, Washington Examiner:

Alabama became the 43rd state to allow charter schools when Republican Gov. Bentley signed legislation on Thursday.
Parent trigger laws spreading from California to other states (CER in the news)
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Mar 20, 9:04 AM, 89.1 KUOR:

Five years after California enacted the nation’s first law dubbed “parent trigger,” the policy debate rages over whether the controversial mechanism is an effective way to improve schools.
Federal School Choice
4/6

Mar 20, 9:02 AM, Sunshine State News:

Sen. Marco Rubio proposes school choice legislation creating tax credit-funded scholarships. Tax credits available for both individuals and businesses against donations made to scholarships. Similar proposal introduced in 2013. 


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Modest Mid-Year Improvement
5/6

Mar 27, 10:12 AM, Florida Times-Union:

School chief in Duval Co (FL) recognizes more work needs to be done, but pleased with preliminary reports that show district’s worst schools are making progress.  School board still concerned about teacher turnover and large gap between >

Education Budget Makes Charter Schools Nervous (CER in the news)
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Mar 27, 9:26 AM, 90.5 WESA :

Advocates for Pennsylvania’s charter schools are worried that Governor Tom Wolf’s new education budget would force some schools to close their doors.
Educators, parents rally at Capitol over education reform
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Mar 27, 8:44 AM, WXXA News10:

Hundreds of New York State teachers took over the Capitol on Thursday and demanded lawmakers reject Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget.
Charter school advocates denounce proposed charter moratorium
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Mar 27, 7:41 AM, WTNH:

Bridgeport parents and advocates are voicing their opposition to senate bill 1096, a 2 year moratorium on developing any new charter schools in the state. Bridgeport parent, Claudia Phillips said, “I have three children that are getting an >
Charter School Gains May Help Low-Performing Public Schools, Says Education Secretary
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Mar 27, 6:41 AM, WGBH NEWS:

Charter schools in Boston have made extraordinary gains, according to a new report from Stanford University. New Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser believes that some of the strategies that led to those gains can be >
Camden closing one school, transferring four to charters
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Mar 27, 6:33 AM, South Jersey Times :

City education officials on Wednesday announced plans to close one Camden public school and hand four others to renaissance charter school systems.
Penn Hills school board denies charter school’s expansion request
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Mar 27, 6:22 AM:

According to Nancy Hines, acting superintendent for Penn Hills School District, while the charter school’s curriculum is satisfactory, the school board had too many unanswered questions to approve the expansion plans. She cited >
YES Prep Departure Highlights Terms of Schools Competition
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Mar 27, 5:59 AM, Memphis Daily News:

The departure of YES Prep from Memphis before the charter school operator ever got the keys to Airways Middle School shows how public education is shifting with nearly three years of new competition.
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Modest Mid-Year Improvement
5/6

Mar 27, 10:12 AM, Florida Times-Union:

School chief in Duval Co (FL) recognizes more work needs to be done, but pleased with preliminary reports that show district’s worst schools are making progress.  School board still concerned about teacher turnover and large gap between >

Camden closing one school, transferring four to charters
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Mar 27, 6:33 AM, South Jersey Times :

City education officials on Wednesday announced plans to close one Camden public school and hand four others to renaissance charter school systems.
Penn Hills school board denies charter school’s expansion request
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Mar 27, 6:22 AM:

According to Nancy Hines, acting superintendent for Penn Hills School District, while the charter school’s curriculum is satisfactory, the school board had too many unanswered questions to approve the expansion plans. She cited >
YES Prep Departure Highlights Terms of Schools Competition
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Mar 27, 5:59 AM, Memphis Daily News:

The departure of YES Prep from Memphis before the charter school operator ever got the keys to Airways Middle School shows how public education is shifting with nearly three years of new competition.
Popular Houston-born charter school halts plans to expand to Memphis
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Mar 27, 5:52 AM, Houston Chronicle:

Worried about low student enrollment, long-term funding and a less-friendly political climate, YES Prep's chief executive, Jason Bernal, recommended the exit. The decision comes five months before the charter system was set to open its >
How do schools respond to competition? Not as you might expect.
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Mar 26, 8:48 AM, Washington Post:

The school-choice movement is built on the philosophy that competition forces schools to improve.
Detroit schools’ finances are in free-fall
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Mar 26, 8:38 AM, The Detroit News:

Detroit Public Schools is $53 million behind in pension payments, costing the cash-strapped district $7,600 a day in interest penalties — or the equivalent of one child's annual state funding grant.
One third of New Orleans public school principals tried to choose their students, report says
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Mar 26, 8:36 AM, The Times-Picayune :

One third of 30 New Orleans public school leaders told the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans they tried to pick and choose the best students. Of those 10 schools, eight had no entrance requirements and were supposed to take all >