Step Back, Take Stock

The blog is one month old.  We can celebrate a little.  Thus far we have had 4500 hits on our site, and our subscriber list is growing.  Let people know.

critical-thinking (2)It is also a good time to take a minute and think.   Are we contributing useful information on school reform issues?   What is helpful?  What is missing?  Reflect on the following list and make suggestions.  I will summarize your suggestions and respond.

Achievement Comparisons between Charter and Traditional Public Schools. We posted reports on the New York City charters and the Miami-Dade kindergarten readiness comparisons. We have references from the CREDO charter study.  What more do we need to know?

Charter Authorization and Oversight. Posts from Kentucky highlighted needed flexibility in regulations in order to implement charters.  Reports from New Mexico questioned the effectiveness of charter oversight structures.  Florida is authorizing more charters enrollment than charters can fill.

Private and For Profit Management is under investigation in many states. Fiscal mismanagement, lack of transparency e.g. the inability to access records to track how money is spent, and excessive lease and bond payments for charter facilities were post topics.

Funding Equity is the subject of many lawsuits.  The post from Education Justice reported cases dealing with inadequate and unequal education funding.

Tax credit Vouchers posts included the Florida lawsuit update and the U.S. D.O.E. report on state by state regulations for private school tax credit scholarship programs.

Teaching and Learning posts included curriculum issues for struggling students, class size, early learning programs, and testing policies.

Future Directions included posts about legislative and school district priorities.


Posted in Achievement, Admission/Dismissal, Audits, Authorization, Charter School Management, Charter Schools, Curriculum, Early Childhood Education, Funding, Lawsuits, Public Education, Tax credit scholarships, Testing.


  1. The news that not only school boards, but legislators are finally responding to complaints about over testing and inappropriate use of testing is very exciting. I think we need to follow up on this new and surprising reaction, and let the legislators know how serious a topic this is. They still have time to keep spring 2014 test scores from being used for school, teacher and student evaluations.
    The new FSA tests cannot really be considered valid with no field test here in Florida.
    The number of tests can be reduced, but primarily by the legislators and State Education Department.
    Basing all these evaluations on the backs of students and one test just doesn’t make sense.

  2. PLease look at pre-school/day care requirements. We are losing a large group of children who are entering school years behind. Guess what? THey drop out! How can we improve their early experiences?

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