Following the Los Angeles teachers' strikes, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked the state schools chief to convene an expert panel on the effects of charters on the finances of traditional public schools.
Rather than adhering to a specific curriculum, families who "unschool" believe learning happens naturally and should be driven by a student's interests. Education Week spent a "school" day with the Matica family to see this decades-old approach to home schooling in action.
Monica Utsey, a Washington, D.C. mother of two, wanted her sons to learn the full history of black people which has been a driving force in her decision to home school them. She's part of a small, but growing community of black parents opting to teach their children at home.
Like many home schooling military parents, Lindsay Jobe says that teaching her children at home gives the family educational stability during frequent relocations and flexibility when her husband Clifford is home from deployment.
Parents who choose to teach their children at home are often stereotyped as devout Christians, but families from many religious backgrounds are drawn to home schooling as a means of incorporating religious studies into students' education.
Educators at dozens of Los Angeles Unified's affiliated charter schools are expected to strike Monday with their traditional public school counterparts as a contract dispute remains unsettled.
Private schools in New York soon will be required to report suspected sexual abuse of students in their schools to law enforcement, bringing the independent schools under the same rules as public schools.
Charters were significantly less likely to respond to inquiries that said a child had severe disabilities. But all schools were less likely to respond to a parent with a Hispanic sounding name.
The ACLU and NAACP have filed formal civil rights complaints against the school for its dress code policies, another case that highlights the blurring lines in public oversight for private schools that accept state aid in the form of vouchers.
Parents often turn to school finder or school shopping websites when choosing a school for their child. How much can the layout and design of a website affect the choices parents make? Quite a bit, according to a working paper from Mathematica Policy Research.