July 2012 Archives

Increasing school choice, by itself, does not necessarily promote parent activism, so much as what parents experience after their children enroll in a new school, argues Andrew Kelly, author of one of a pair of papers on parent engagement, released by the American Enterprise Institute.

Charter schools' use of technology and academic strategies customized to the needs of individual students can serve as models for Catholic schools, which have struggled financially, a new report recommends.

A group of parents are accepting bids from operators to help them transform Desert Trails Elementary, in Adelanto, Calif., in what would be the nation's first successful parent-trigger effort.

A Louisiana teachers' union has sent a letter to private schools warning them not to participate in the state's new voucher program while legal challenges to it are ongoing. The letter has drawn an angry reaction from state officials.

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed has certified that a ballot item to allow for the creation of charter schools in the northwestern U.S.state has enough signatures to go before voters Nov. 6.

"Won't Back Down," slated for release this fall, is a fictional story of parents pushing for major changes at a struggling Pittsburgh, Pa., school, an effort that mirrors attempts to use "parent-trigger" policies in California and elsewhere.

Dorothy June Brown, the founder of the Agora Cyber Charter School and Planet Abacus Charter School in Philadelphia, is charged by federal officials with attempting to defraud charters of more than $6 million.

Efforts to promote school choice, while mostly limited thus far to disadvantaged communities, can thrive in the suburbs, argues Mike Petrilli, a Fordham Institute official and former education adviser in George W. Bush's administration.

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Steve Malone says a group of parents can go forward with a much-disputed plan to convert their school into a charter school.

The Recovery School District in Louisiana has announced it will release clearer policies and guidelines for student expulsions in response to concerns that charter schools in the district have been expelling students at an unfairly high rate.

After the implementation of a change to the school assignment process that has been underway since 2010, the first group of students to be enrolled in the Wake County Public School System's new "controlled choice" plan started school on Monday. Now, there are signs that this latest plan will need some more tinkering.

A superior court judge in Calif. ruled that Aspire Public Schools, a charter agency that runs more than 30 schools in the state, must seek approval from local boards of education for six of those schools by June 2013 if operation is to continue.

Approvals bring total of virtual charter schools in the state to 16, after another closed last week.

Sean will be out of the office over the next couple of weeks, but other EdWeek reporters and guest bloggers will be updating you with the latest news on the Charters & Choice beat while he is away. Stay tuned....

Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, along with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, are among those contributing financially to a ballot effort to allow charters schools in Washington state.

In a victory for Pennsylvania's Republican governor, Tom Corbett, the state has approved an expansion of tax credits to business that offer private school scholarships.

A proposal to open a statewide virtual charter school in North Carolina has been rejected by a Wake County judge, who said the plan did not get the necesssary approval from the state board of education.


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