- Evaluation Examination
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NY district engaged in teacher/administrator training for new evals. Weaves in fed's Race to the Top grant that is pushing evals, as well as teacher perspectives. Also gives glimpse into criteria for assessing teachers. >
Oct 16, 4:02 AM:
- Foreign Investors For Charters
EB-5 is a fed program that swaps foreign investment in U.S. for green cards and some investors are putting their $$ in charters. Financial volatility for start-up charters makes "demand massive."
Oct 12, 7:55 AM:
- Vouchers Divide Presidential Candidates
Not much else, besides vouchers, separates ed policy platform of Obama and Romney, although there is some difference over Common Core, as well. Weaves together policy and politics and best use for fed gov in ed.
Oct 12, 6:14 AM:
- Calculating College Completion
Study lists key HS indicators for earning college degree. Focus here on higher-level math courses and AP/IB courses. Notes national program that promotes open enrollment in AP classes to prepare more students.
Oct 12, 4:58 AM:
- Tiger Mom Of Charters
Profile of woman who developed nation's first independent conversion charter -- 20 years ago in L.A. Now, she has bought up property along 6 blocks to expand her program. In-depth on schools. Her motto: "If you put kids first, >
Oct 11, 11:20 AM:
- Desperately Seeking Charters
Cincinnati ed officials say they can't attract successful charter networks because of state's weak charter laws. Finally, it's been able to bring in TfA teachers. Business community goading district to try harder. Need educated >
Oct 11, 5:11 AM:
- GA Lawsuit Forges Ahead
Mom joins lawsuit against Boards that used public funds to attack charter amendment proposal on Nov. ballot. Also digs deep into context of issue, as well as legal claims against boards.
Oct 10, 5:09 AM:
- In The Courts Over Amendment Campaign
Lawsuit filed by individuals points finger at local districts using public funds to campaign against GA's proposed constitutional charter amendment. Cites Supreme Court ruling making it illegal for "political subdivision" to use >
Oct 9, 11:31 AM:
- Charters Top Other Publics
About 50% of PA charters met AYP benchmarks this year, a better percentage than traditional publics. Cyber charters not doing as well. But head of one explains that they often have new students who have failed at their other >
Oct 9, 5:25 AM:
- Parent Trigger Possibility
OK lawmaker intends to introduce legislation in 2013. Says it was in the works even before Won't Back Down film opened. Notes nationwide trend toward trigger and its genesis in CA.
Oct 8, 5:03 AM:
- Vouchers Resurrected
TX Gov's appointment of pro-voucher lawmaker to head Senate Ed Committee signals rise of voucher debate. Vouchers have been discussed since 2007, but to no avail. Issue expected for debate after school finance trial. >
Oct 5, 6:02 AM:
- Online Choices
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Students can attend 2 CA district-run online schools. The charter doesn't require attendance at brick-mortar school and is for kids highly involved in arts/sports, etc. The other is mainly for credit recovery.
Oct 5, 5:53 AM:
- Picking Partners In Education
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TX Lt. Gov picks conservative, pro-voucher lawmaker to replace Dem.chair of Senate Higher Ed Committee. Strong background on political and educational reasons for landscape change.
Oct 5, 5:36 AM:
- Boston Busing And Better Schools
MA city continues to operate under decades-old busing plan, but city is now only 13% white. Super says today it's not about "getting to the school" but what's "happening in the school." Need more good schools, everywhere, is theme >
Oct 5, 4:51 AM:
- Return Of Resilience
Pivots off of new book on how children succeed, which focuses on traits like zest, perseverance. KIPP using theory to help kids complete college. Argues this is the 3rd way to improve schooling (eliminate poverty, reform via >
Oct 3, 5:24 AM:
- Wanted: One Accountability System
CA Gov signs law reducing emphases on testing (down to 60%), with more on grad rates and college readiness. Unclear how to measure readiness. Another problem: Too many accountability systems to please.
Oct 1, 11:08 AM:
- Exploring Vouchers
At end of last session, as House was hesitant to delve into vouchers, Gov forms commission to make recommendations. Key issues on table run from imposing income limitations to pilot programs. first. Usual suspects against any >
Oct 1, 5:15 AM:
- OH Makes Virtual Strides
Profile of state's efforts to expand online learning. Notes growth since 2000. Many hail blended learning as effective. Highlights reasons some students like online -- from credit recovery and more choice to better social >
Oct 1, 4:54 AM:
- Microsoft Goes To School
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Engineers from the tech co. volunteer at schools to try to encourage kids to pursue computer engineering. High demand for this job makes it lucrative. Program was developed by a Microsoft engineer and now operates in several >
Oct 1, 4:41 AM:
- Taking On Tata’s Firing
Cleverly written column questioning Dem-controlled board's firing of NC's GOP-hired Super Tata. Clear on Super's pluses and minuses. Main takeaway: politics trumped education needs of kids.
Sep 28, 7:11 AM: