October 2012 Archives

A new Kentucky initiative was previewed on Friday that will allow some districts to have flexibility from laws and regulations regarding curriculum, instruction, structure, scheduling, and funding.

Parents at Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto, Calif., recently chose a charter operator to take over their children's failing elementary school in what is the first implementation of the state's "parent trigger" law.

An audit of the U.S. Department of Education and state departments found a lack of oversight of how charter schools grants were spent.

by Andrew Ujifusa The controversial private-school voucher program in Louisiana has become entangled with legal proceedings in Louisiana regarding desegregation, and the state's top education official is being asked to discuss the issue in U.S. District Court in New Orleans next week. Last week on State EdWatch, I wrote about some steps forward for clarifying how schools can qualify for taxpayer funds through the voucher programs, which were approved by Louisiana's state school board. However, the new rules were not designed to assuage the fears of voucher foes like the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, since the approved agreement would ...

Federal education officials are questioning Pennsylvania's attempt to change rules on how charter schools are evaluated.

A new set of rules for private and parochial schools in Louisiana eligible for state tax dollars looks set to be approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, several months after the state adopted a plan to expand access to private school using public money, the Associated Press reported.

I'll be taking a month of leave, but the blog posts will keep coming on Charters & Choice.

The Center for Education Reform argues that model charter school legislation should include multiple authorizers of those schools, and allow for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations to manage them.

The chairman of New Hampshire's House Education Committee has written a letter to the state's board of education, urging it to start approving charters schools again, despite a moratorium.

Florida voters on Nov. 6 will decide on "Amendment 8," a measure that some school organizations suspect will open the door to a major expansion of vouchers in the state.

A report by Gotham Schools raises questions about whether a union-led charter school in New York City will be forced to close for academic reasons.

A group of taxpayers in Georgia is alleging that Fulton and Gwinnett county officials have used public resources to campaign against a Novembe charter schools measure.

A Washington state ballot item does not contain a "parent-trigger" provision -- at least not in the way similar policies are worded in other states, a legislative analyst says.

During the first 2012 presidential debate, Mitt Romney gave only a brief mention of his plan to allow parents to use federal special education and Title 1 dollars for private school vouchers, and President Obama doesn't talk about his opposition to it.

The organization Parent Revolution raises concerns about a Michigan "parent trigger" proposal that it says would allow for-profit operators of charter schools.

Georgia's Department of Education places a banner on its website making it clear that the agency has no official position on a controversial charter schools referendum.

Harvard University professor Roland Fryer says demonstration projects in Denver and Houston reveal that strategies pioneered in charter schools can work in regular public school settings.


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