Charters & Choice News Roundup: From Catholic to Chinese Immersion Schools
As private Roman Catholic education has seen a marked decline nationally, schools offering Chinese immersion programs have been on the rise. Those topics and more are covered in this week's edition of the school choice news roundup.
Another plot on the graph: The Archdiocese of Chicago announced it will close or merge several schools, following a national trend. But some research suggests that shuttering a Roman Catholic school can have a significantly negative effect on the surrounding neighborhood.
On the other end of the spectrum: An heiress leaves $40 million to a Virginia private school, the largest gift ever to a girls' secondary school.
From Mandarin to Chinese-style calisthenics: A Minnesota charter school immerses students in all things Chinese...
"Our goal is real bilingualism by 8th grade, which is near native," the school founder told The New York Times.
Charter school advocates rallied in Louisville for charter school legislation. Kentucky is one of only eight states in the country without a charter law, but some analysts predict Kentucky, along with Alabama, will be the next dominoes to fall.
Is this the home schooling version of "Waiting for Superman?" An independent documentary on home education is showing to (a few) sold-out audiences.
And now for the kicker... I'm sure you were all wondering where "Magic Mike" and "G.I. Joe Retaliation" actor Channing Tatum stands on school choice. Well, now we know.
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