Thursday, October 19, 2017


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Betsy DeVos promotes school choice; protesters say her ideas aren’t welcome in Washington 
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Oct 16, 6:57 AM, The Seattle Times :

In a hotel ballroom in Bellevue on Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called on Washington residents to fight for more school choice. Inside the Hyatt Regency, she spoke to an appreciative audience of 1,500 people, with roughly an >
DeVos touts school choice, STEM for $4 billion in grants
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Oct 13, 7:51 AM, Associated Press:

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has put forth a new set of priorities for states, schools and universities competing for federal grant money.
Out of options, rural communities turn to charters to keep schooling local
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Oct 13, 7:49 AM, Christian Science Monitor:

Although not without controversy, rural charter schools are seen by residents as a way to maintain community cohesiveness and culture in the face of school closures.
Rating school choice, state by state (CER in the news)
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Oct 12, 7:16 AM, Washington Times:

The Center for Education Reform just released its 2017 Parent Power! Index (PPI), which gauges parental options so they can flex their school-choice muscles.
Florida, Indiana, Arizona Lead in Education Opportunity (CER in the news)
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Oct 12, 7:15 AM, Sonoran News:

TheCenter for Education Reform (CER) released its 2017 Parent Power! Index (PPI), the nation’s foremost study of a parent’s ability to exercise educational options for their children.
Thousands expected to turn out to hear — or protest — Betsy DeVos in Bellevue this week
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Oct 9, 7:28 AM, Seattle Times:

Outside, DeVos critics expect an equal number of protesters who see DeVos’ support of charter schools and vouchers as a threat to the nation’s public-school system.Nearly 30 organizations plan to have members there, including the state’s >

School choice works -- just ask the college students By Kevin P. Chavous
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Oct 6, 7:16 AM, Washington Examiner:

Die-hard education advocates have spent decades standing up for kids who don't have access to a quality education in their own community. We've argued that every child should have the opportunity to attend a school that works best for >
Trump taps Common Core foe as No. 2 at Education Department — but most key positions still vacant
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Oct 4, 7:12 AM, Washington Post:

President Trump just tapped as the Education Department’s No. 2 official a former state superintendent of South Carolina who opposes the Common Core State Standards and who in 2016 called Jeb Bush “the only candidate” prepared to be >

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New York policymakers are taking a closer look at how they evaluate charter schools
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Oct 18, 6:29 AM, Chalkbeat New York:

New York is rethinking how it judges whether charter schools are successful and deserve to remain open — a discussion that comes as some top education policymakers have asked tough questions about the privately managed schools.
Thousands of students, millions of dollars at stake in brawl over supervising South Carolina charter schools
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Oct 18, 6:09 AM, Charleston Post Courier:

At least nine schools and 6,000 students are caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between the S.C. Public Charter School District and a brand-new charter school authorizer, the Charter Institute at Erskine.
Federal judge rules against New Hope Charter parents in civil rights case
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Oct 18, 5:55 AM, York Dispatch:

After several consecutive rulings against them, parents suing York City School District administrators and board members for civil rights violations stemming from the 2014 closure of New Hope Academy Charter School have been dealt yet >
Charter schools banned from countywide school fair as tensions rise
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Oct 18, 5:53 AM, Palm Beach Post :

As Palm Beach County’s public school system showed off some of its most popular school programs to thousands of parents Tuesday, one segment of the public school sector was largely absent: charter schools.
Public hearing set for proposed charter school for dyslexic students
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Oct 18, 5:52 AM, Staten Island Advance:

Staten Islanders will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on the proposed borough-wide charter school for dyslexic students at a public hearing on Oct. 24.
Charter school offers to buy defunct Aldrich Junior High in Warwick
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Oct 18, 5:48 AM, The Providence Journal:

City officials are exploring International Charter School’s bid of $1.9 million, with $70,000 annual payments in lieu of taxes, but are continuing to explore alternatives to make sure they’re getting the best value for the site.
Schools Without Rules
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Oct 18, 5:37 AM, Orlando Sentinel:

Private schools in Florida will collect nearly $1 billion in state-backed scholarships this year through a system so weakly regulated that some schools hire teachers without college degrees, hold classes in aging strip malls and falsify >
Georgia’s first school turnaround chief picked
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Oct 18, 5:29 AM, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Eric Thomas, left, emerged as the top candidate for the new job of state Chief Turnaround Officer after the Georgia Board of Education interviewed him and two other candidates Tuesday. The job was created by the Georgia General Assembly >
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Federal judge rules against New Hope Charter parents in civil rights case
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Oct 18, 5:55 AM, York Dispatch:

After several consecutive rulings against them, parents suing York City School District administrators and board members for civil rights violations stemming from the 2014 closure of New Hope Academy Charter School have been dealt yet >
Charter schools banned from countywide school fair as tensions rise
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Oct 18, 5:53 AM, Palm Beach Post :

As Palm Beach County’s public school system showed off some of its most popular school programs to thousands of parents Tuesday, one segment of the public school sector was largely absent: charter schools.
Public hearing set for proposed charter school for dyslexic students
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Oct 18, 5:52 AM, Staten Island Advance:

Staten Islanders will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on the proposed borough-wide charter school for dyslexic students at a public hearing on Oct. 24.
Charter school offers to buy defunct Aldrich Junior High in Warwick
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Oct 18, 5:48 AM, The Providence Journal:

City officials are exploring International Charter School’s bid of $1.9 million, with $70,000 annual payments in lieu of taxes, but are continuing to explore alternatives to make sure they’re getting the best value for the site.
Hamilton County Department of Education kicks off initiative to help struggling schools
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Oct 18, 5:24 AM, Chattanooga Times Free Press:

The Hamilton County Department of Education held a round of group discussions Tuesday as it kicked off its new Opportunity Zone.
NCC students aid charter school with ad campaign
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Oct 18, 5:23 AM, Rocky Mount Telegram:

Students in Nash Community College’s marketing class have an opportunity this year to design a real-world marketing campaign for a new Nash County charter school, and they are asking for help from Nash County residents in completing a >
Two struggling charter schools present improvement plans to district
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Oct 18, 5:19 AM, Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

Two charter schools that floundered in their 2017 grades from the Florida Department of Education successfully presented their improvement plans to the Sarasota County School Board Tuesday.
Big outside money pours into Denver, Dougco school board races
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Oct 18, 5:12 AM, Colorado Springs Gazette:

The first volley of big money that will be spent on school board races in Colorado this year comes from opposing sides, but most of the money is being spent in two separate counties, Denver and Douglas.