I remember, back in my college heyday of ed. leadership classes, one significant major point: be wary of charters! It’s reductionist, but probably more correct than we would all like to think it is.
I worked in a charter school for two years and it was pretty amazing for the flexibility we had in how we educated our students (but we still had to take those pesky OGTs and now PARCC or OGT 2.0?? 😦 ), and I believe that our program is a sort of anomaly when it comes to charters, simply because it wasn’t birthed out of the political bandwagon of free-market school reform but out of a real need for kids.
However, I am pretty close to a couple of people who have worked in for-profit and not-for-profit charters, and the stories I have heard make my skin crawl. And I wonder, why so many charters? Why now? And what do we know about their effectiveness versus that of public schools?
Back from a week hiatus, Education in the News has some good nuggets of reading for you!
Edweek’s series on The War on Poverty chronicles education’s historic relationship with poverty.
From StateImpact, “For 160 years, Ohio has had a public school system. Now, an appointed panel of lawmakers, former public officials and well-connected experts are examining how the Ohio constitution can resolve the debate over how to pay for it.” Read more here.
Courtesy of the experts at Edweek, here’s a concise New Teacher Survival Guide. (You don’t need to subscribe to see it, but you do need to make an account and log in. It only takes one minute).
From NPR, Education is Becoming a Celebrity Cause.
This interesting NPR report outlines a Baltimore study tracking affluent and poor families over the course of 30 years and how their upbringing and environment affected their futures.
This professor thinks schools should stop teaching calculus. Read why here at Edweek.
Federal courts have ruled that parents can be barred from enrolling their children in school if their children have not been vaccinated. Read about it here at CNN’s Schools of Thought section.
How much does teacher dropout cost? Read about it here at NPR.
The AFT and NEA, separate teachers’ unions, have begun to align and unite in their campaign against the Common Core. Read about it here at Edweek.
Indiana is struggling with its adopted A-F grading system, despite Tony Bennet’s leaving. Read about it here at Edweek.
Have a great weekend, y’all! Can you smell summer ending? I can 🙂
StateImpact reports that “alarming allegations” had been made against the Concept Schools Horizon Science Academy in Dayton, Ohio. Allegations include racism, sexism, and allowing sexual misconduct to continue without intervention. The FBI is investigating the Chicago-based charter school organization.
Edweek reports that some states are going to take their shot at creating their own standards—do they have enough time and manpower? Will they be reinventing the wheel? The suspense is just killing me.
Is it better to be “nice” or eschew character for “success”? NPR’s story For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last covers the relationship between being “good” and “successful” in school.
Read here for an in-depth look at the dialogue concerning teacher tenure in California.
This one hits close to home for me. Read NPR’s story about balancing new testing requirements with teaching students with learning disabilities.
Lots of NPR this week. What can I say, it’s just good stuff.
Have a great weekend, y’all.
State ed boards and lawmakers still butting heads over Common Core
States all over the US are still grappling with towing the lines of NCLB waivers and adopting new accountability standards—with of course our good ol’ buddy Texas leading the way in blindly kicking and screaming like a baby who thinks you’ve taken his bottle away, only to find out later that you filled it up for him.
A common core supporter sums it up pretty well, with: “I don’t believe they did that because the standards aren’t good…It’s a political pissing match because they were left out. It has nothing to do with educational quality.”
Read entire article here at Edweek.org.