Monday, December 11, 2017


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Ted Cruz does what Texas Legislature could not: expand ‘school choice’
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Dec 11, 8:28 AM, Austin American-Statesman :

The U.S. Senate this month did what the conservative Texas Legislature couldn’t do earlier this year: pass legislation expanding what proponents call private school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tacked on to the Senate’s version >

Public dollars for private school tuition? That’s what two in Congress want for every D.C. family
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Dec 8, 8:22 AM, Washington Post:

Virtually any D.C. student would be able to attend private school on the taxpayer’s dime under legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) — a proposal that would mark the most radical expansion of >
Education Reformers Decry ‘Social Engineering Ideology’ of Those Who Attack Charter Schools
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Dec 6, 8:19 AM, Washington Free Beacon:

An Associated Press analysis alleging that charter schools perpetuate segregation has drawn backlash from African-American education-reform advocates who consider it misleading.
U.S. high school graduation rates rise to new high
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Dec 5, 8:22 AM, Washington Post :

The nation’s graduation rate rose again to a record high, with more than 84 percent of students graduating on time in 2016, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.
US charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation
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Dec 4, 8:24 AM, Associated Press:

Charter schools are among the nation's most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds — an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools.
GAO report sounds alarm about vouchers and students with disabilities
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Dec 4, 8:23 AM, Washington Post:

Across the country, thousands of children attend private schools through publicly funded voucher programs and education savings accounts, with states giving money directly to parents to spend at a school of their choice.
Betsy DeVos Allies See New Obstacle to School Choice Efforts: Trump
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Dec 4, 8:21 AM, New York Times:

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos often rattles off the list of detractors standing in the way of expanding school choices for the nation’s children: the unions, the Democrats, the protesters and the bureaucrats. But her allies and observers >
After a high-drama vote, here’s what the Senate tax bill means for schools, parents and students
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Dec 4, 8:19 AM, Washington Post:

The Senate tax bill that passed in the wee hours of Saturday morning could have massive implications for schools and universities, students and parents. Public education advocates warned that certain provisions could put pressure on state >

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Districts face decisions concerning school choice
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Dec 11, 8:26 AM, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

The Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District will claim an exemption for the 2018-19 school year from a state law that allows students — with some exceptions — to attend a public school in a district other than the one in which they >
R.I. high school at forefront, using technology to prepare students for careers and college
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Dec 11, 8:24 AM, Providence Journal:

Ponaganset High School is the model for the new career and technical program hailed by Gov. Gina Raimondo in her pledge to prepare students for jobs that are both highly paid and highly skilled.
Democratic governor candidate Pritzker wins major teacher union endorsement
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Dec 11, 8:11 AM, Chicago Tribune:

J.B. Pritzker on Saturday won the backing of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the largest public employees union to issue an endorsement so far in the Democratic governor primary.
$43 million public high school finds home on Oracle’s campus
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Dec 11, 8:05 AMNew York Times:

Putting a charter school — that is, a publicly funded school that has its own school board and operates independently — on the campus of a tech giant is a new twist on the evolving relationship between big tech companies and >
‘Reimagine’ classrooms to close achievement gap, Twin Cities school superintendents say
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Dec 11, 8:02 AM, Pioneer Press:

Minnesota’s educators need to do a better job recognizing students’ unique attributes and challenges and modify their instruction so all children can reach their full potential.

State board of education lays out legislative priorities
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Dec 11, 8:00 AM, Bowling Green Daily News:

With Kentucky’s first charter schools expected to open as early as next fall, the board is also urging for a permanent funding formula for charter schools.
Lawmakers may act to block school districts from imposing restrictions on old building use
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Dec 11, 7:44 AM, Michigan Public Radio:

Michigan lawmakers this week may discuss changes to a law that prevents school districts from having a say on what happens to former school buildings. A charter school operator wants to turn a former Detroit public school building into a >
PED chief reaffirms value of charter school option
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Dec 11, 7:33 AM, Albuquerque Journal:

New Mexico Public Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski touted school choice as “quintessentially American” on Saturday during the Charter School Coalition’s annual conference in Albuquerque.
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R.I. high school at forefront, using technology to prepare students for careers and college
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Dec 11, 8:24 AM, Providence Journal:

Ponaganset High School is the model for the new career and technical program hailed by Gov. Gina Raimondo in her pledge to prepare students for jobs that are both highly paid and highly skilled.
$43 million public high school finds home on Oracle’s campus
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Dec 11, 8:05 AMNew York Times:

Putting a charter school — that is, a publicly funded school that has its own school board and operates independently — on the campus of a tech giant is a new twist on the evolving relationship between big tech companies and >
‘Reimagine’ classrooms to close achievement gap, Twin Cities school superintendents say
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Dec 11, 8:02 AM, Pioneer Press:

Minnesota’s educators need to do a better job recognizing students’ unique attributes and challenges and modify their instruction so all children can reach their full potential.

An individual education: Tennessee Virtual Academy helps 8-year-old
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Dec 11, 7:23 AM, Shelbyville Times-Gazette:

Erin has dysgraphia, which affects her spelling and writing abilities. Many people have heard of dyslexia; dysgraphia is sort of its opposite number. To put it in broad terms, people with dyslexia have trouble reading; people with >
What happened to South Bend's first charter school?
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Dec 11, 7:18 AM, South Bend Tribune:

Last year at this time, children were reading and writing and learning in the classrooms at Veritas Academy, a charter school on Ireland Road. Today the school building stands quiet and vacant.
Opting for choice
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Dec 11, 7:15 AM, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel:

The only Waldorf school in Mesa County offers a microcosm of what's happening in the region and across the state: Charter schools are expanding at a rate that outpaces their traditional school counterparts. Three of the four charter >
Norwich charter school bucks national racial mix trend
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Dec 11, 7:10 AM, Norwich Bulletin:

The Northeast Charter School Network reports 24 active charter schools in the state that enroll more than 9,600 students, and another 5,800 on waiting lists. Charter schools in Bridgeport, Hartford, Manchester, New Haven, New London, >
Should high-performing schools be awarded renewal of their charters for a full 10 years?
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Dec 11, 6:53 AM, Uptown Messenger:

The Orleans Parish School Board is reconsidering whether to allow high-performing schools to renew their charters for a full 10-year term, but some like Lusher Charter School say the longer term is needed to plan for future growth.