In a political move to pass immigration reform in New York, the Governor linked private school tax credit scholarships to Dream Act bills. The trade off would make undocumented students eligible for college scholarships in exchange for tax credit scholarships for poor and wealthy families.
Many of our students speak more than one language. There are two bills in the Florida legislature that may affect them.
Some states recognize their achievement. Some recognize that being equally proficient in different languages is difficult.
What can or should Florida do? You can make your voice heard.
by Sue Legg, Pat Drago, and Ruth Melton
Charter schools are public schools, right? Well yes, but they are owned and managed by private companies. Most of their facilities are privately owned. If they close, the private company retains the buildings.
Charter schools should receive the same amount of money as district schools, right? Seems fair until you think about it.
Let’s think about it. We need to, there is a bill in the legislature.
Now television is in the charter fray. In this review of the series “Togetherness”, Joshua Leibner in Salon magazine describes its charter school subplot. Are neighborhood schools the “bogeyman for all of society’s ills?, he asks. He wonders if for white people of their education and class, all the education reform nonsense might feel right for minority kids–but just not for their children? The setting for the series is in Eagle Rock in Los Angeles. This is a real place where both Leibner and the show’s producers actually live. Is the show fact or fiction? Continue reading
Read about the causes of resegregation in Delaware. The choices people are making have consequences.
Sent by Alibina Burn, Delaware
by Krista Soboh
Now our posts have greater scope, but I believe we still are most concerned with the here and now. After all, we have to manage the present in order to have a reasonable future.
Krista suggests we have to define the problems facing our schools, not the current issues, but those that are relevant to the world our children will confront. My kids talk about the ‘skill sets’ they need for whatever job comes up. They expect change, not careers. They are prepared.Continue reading
by Joan Brownstein
Support for early childhood goes across party lines. Raising standards and improving access to quality preschool are possible. Here is a source of information to help get the message across. You have to love a book about babies.
Fraud, waste and abuse in charter school management is well documented. Choosing effective strategies to encourage legislatures to address solutions is always a challenge.
Two groups, In The Public Interest and the Center for Popular Democracy, have taken a first step. The League will help; find out how.
The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released its 2015 report on virtual schools. As usual there is some good news and some bad news. The “good news” is that students taking Algebra I and English courses do not do any worse than students in traditional public schools. What a curious turn of phrase. In the context of the full report, perhaps it is a warning sign.
One thing is clear. It is difficult to obtain the comprehensive, valid data that are needed to evaluate the quality of the online education sector.
Can you make a cogent argument about which regulations are needed and which inhibit a flexible, innovative school system? It is not an esoteric topic. With the plethora of examples of charter school fraud, waste and abuse, we know something is not working right. What changes should be made?
Ohio’s Auditor of State, Dave Yost, has been doing some serious thinking. He is concerned about which aspects of charter school operations are subject to public entity law and which relate to laws governing private companies. It makes a difference in what information is subject to public disclosure. The criteria for ethical behavior differ as well. Charters are both public and private. Which set of rules apply?
This piece is not a polemic. It is a thoughtful article by a fiscal conservative who believes in small government. He is concerned about preserving the public interest when contracting with private entities for services like schools and prisons. It is a thorny problem we all need to ponder.