Charter Schools: The Reform That Sticks

Sadly, decades of school reform efforts have come down to little more than throwing cooked spaghetti against the wall. To date, a lot of that spaghetti has peeled off. Reforms that haven't completely stuck include the Common Core curriculum, seen by conservatives as an Obama conspiracy and the "progressive" left as a plot to hold [...]

Charter Schools: The Reform That Sticks 2017-10-16T10:33:41+00:00

Parents Need Charters, Change and Choice

As more than 50 million students go back to school, Americans of every background and political persuasion should agree on one basic bedrock goal: No matter where these young people live, no matter how much money their parents earn and no matter their race or ethnicity, they all deserve an excellent education. That is a [...]

Parents Need Charters, Change and Choice 2017-10-11T12:44:28+00:00

Does Fixing America’s Schools Mean Scrapping The Public Model?

The charter school experiment is in many ways still in its infancy. In the past 25 years thousands of schools across the country have turned to the model to tackle low performance and to give administrators more freedom to play with school structure. There are some glowing success stories, but studies show inconsistency in charter [...]

Does Fixing America’s Schools Mean Scrapping The Public Model? 2017-10-11T12:33:34+00:00

Teaching Foundational Reading Skills

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University is hosting a free online professional development course for teachers.  The Teaching Foundational Reading Skills MOOC-Ed will help you more effectively prepare your students in grades K–3 with the skills they need to become successful readers. This is a critical challenge for elementary school teachers. Reading competency [...]

Teaching Foundational Reading Skills 2017-10-11T12:02:15+00:00

Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools

Research confirms what common sense dictates: Students learn less when their teachers aren’t there. According to multiple studies, a ten-day increase in teacher absence results in at least ten fewer days of learning for students.   Clearly, some absences are unavoidable—teachers are only human. But compared to their counterparts in other industries and other countries, [...]

Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools 2017-09-21T10:19:43+00:00

Alabama’s first public charter school opens, plotting its own course

School is back in session and Jeremiah Newell, principal of ACCEL Day and Evening Academy in Mobile, Ala., has been working 12-hour days. "It'll settle down after a while," Newell said in an interview.   ACCEL opened August 21 as Alabama's first public charter school, and its schedule has been jam-packed with class introductions, meetings, [...]

Alabama’s first public charter school opens, plotting its own course 2017-09-12T09:50:50+00:00

Should teachers take standardized tests? One charter school system thinks so.

Frustration with standardized tests often goes like this: What about the people — legislators, bureaucrats, educators — who make kids do them? Why don’t we force those adults to take the tests, too? Let’s see how they like it.   That’s been wishful thinking — until now. The co-founders of a successful charter school network [...]

Should teachers take standardized tests? One charter school system thinks so. 2017-09-11T20:50:46+00:00

The NAACP’s Inept Vendetta against Charter Schools

The Trump era has seen many formerly august institutions abase themselves. In the latest example, after holding a series of town halls on urban education, the NAACP found troublesome evidence of separate and unequal systems of education. But this time they have resolved to try to keep black kids out of the better schools.   [...]

The NAACP’s Inept Vendetta against Charter Schools 2017-08-09T17:20:23+00:00
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