Monday, October 23, 2017


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Billionaire Bill Gates announces a $1.7 billion investment in U.S. schools
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Oct 20, 7:08 AM, Washington Post:

The foundation will serve as a catalyst for change, Gates said, investing in new methods of instruction and then rigorously tracking student outcomes so that other districts can learn from the classrooms that serve as testing grounds.
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 >

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Rogers school earns panel's OK for grade configuration switch
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Oct 20, 7:01 AM, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Arkansas Arts Academy's seventh- and eighth-graders would move to the academy's high school campus under a plan approved Thursday by the state's Charter Authorizing Panel.
Tennessee sues Nashville schools for not turning over student contact information
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Oct 20, 6:49 AM, The Tennessean:

The state of Tennessee sued Metro Nashville Public Schools on Wednesday for refusing to turn over the contact information for students zoned to failing schools.
Our Schools Now has one-fourth of needed signatures for 2018 ballot initiative
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Oct 20, 6:43 AM, Deseret News:

Backers of the Our Schools Now citizen initiative have collected one-fourth of the signatures needed to place the issue on the November 2018 ballot, former House Speaker Nolan Karras told attendees of the Utah Education Association >
OHA Money Will Go Directly To Hawaiian Charter Schools
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Oct 20, 6:40 AM, Honolulu Civil Beat:

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Board of Trustees voted Thursday to give Hawaiian-focused charter schools $3 million directly,  as opposed to using a grant administrator.
State Senate to consider bill that would eliminate teacher seniority, delay graduation exam
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Oct 20, 6:25 AM, Tribune-Review:

The state Senate is set to take up an omnibus bill next week that could strip Pennsylvania's longtime teachers of job security, mandate schools teach children about opioid abuse and hold off on requiring students to pass a high school exit >
Local parents, teachers' reps oppose new criteria for state charter schools
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Oct 20, 6:08 AM, 13WHAM-TV:

On October 11, SUNY approved a proposal allowing high-performing charter schools to create their own independent measures for teachers outside of statewide standards. That includes charters that have been voted to be renewed for 5 years >
York City board accepts plan to close downtown charter school
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Oct 20, 6:03 AM, The Patriot-News:

The York City School Board unanimously approved Thursday night a proposal by The Helen Thackston Charter School's board to close by the end of the 2018-19 school year.
Nevada list of underperforming schools includes 44 in Clark County
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Oct 20, 5:54 AM, Las Vegas Review-Journal:

The state Department of Education released both its “Shining Stars” and “Rising Stars” lists of schools on Thursday. The former are schools have shown strong academic results despite working with a large percentage of children living in >
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Rogers school earns panel's OK for grade configuration switch
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Oct 20, 7:01 AM, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Arkansas Arts Academy's seventh- and eighth-graders would move to the academy's high school campus under a plan approved Thursday by the state's Charter Authorizing Panel.
Local parents, teachers' reps oppose new criteria for state charter schools
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Oct 20, 6:08 AM, 13WHAM-TV:

On October 11, SUNY approved a proposal allowing high-performing charter schools to create their own independent measures for teachers outside of statewide standards. That includes charters that have been voted to be renewed for 5 years >
York City board accepts plan to close downtown charter school
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Oct 20, 6:03 AM, The Patriot-News:

The York City School Board unanimously approved Thursday night a proposal by The Helen Thackston Charter School's board to close by the end of the 2018-19 school year.
Nevada list of underperforming schools includes 44 in Clark County
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Oct 20, 5:54 AM, Las Vegas Review-Journal:

The state Department of Education released both its “Shining Stars” and “Rising Stars” lists of schools on Thursday. The former are schools have shown strong academic results despite working with a large percentage of children living in >
Brooklyn charter school parents demand equality
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Oct 20, 5:41 AM:

Charter schools have become an important part of the educational landscape in Brooklyn by providing quality educational opportunities and should be given additional resources by the government, according to parents who took part in a >
JPS in limbo as Bryant decides who should govern
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Oct 20, 5:39 AM, The Clarion-Ledger:

Jackson parents, students and teachers were hoping the answer would come Thursday to the question that’s sparked anxiety for many: Will the state take control of the city’s schools?
Newark charter school touted by Christie weeks ago abruptly announces closure
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Oct 20, 5:32 AM, The Star-Ledger:

A charter school that opened its doors to great fanfare in August with Gov. Chris Christie in attendance will shutter at the end of the school year. M.E.T.S. Charter School opened to 230 students in grades 9-12, promising to offer >
Miami-Dade Plans To 'Exhaust' Options Before Suing Over Charter School Law
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Oct 20, 5:27 AM, WLRN:

South Florida school districts are leading two major lawsuits against a controversial new charter school law. But Miami-Dade County is sitting it out — at least for now.