February 2015 Archives

The annual NAIS conference tackled new issues surrounding blended learning and perennial issues like recruiting students.

Ethnic and gender diversity has been the topic of several sessions at the National Association of Independent Schools' annual conference taking place in Boston this week.

This year's conference is being billed as having a focus on innovation and blended learning, but many other topics are on tap.

Two new reports detail the exponential growth of the state's school voucher program.

The Anaheim City School Board says parent-trigger advocates must collect more signatures to transform a low-performing elementary school into a charter.

Stories on the growing number of minority students in home school and private schools are featured in this week's news roundup.

The final grades administered by Education Trust-Midwest were based on the student academic achievement and growth in the schools authorizers oversee.

The city became the latest battleground over charter school expansion when it accepted 40 applications to open new schools for the first time in seven years.

The Minnesota Star Tribune review found that similar to traditional district schools, the highest performing charters generally served wealthier families.

This week on the Charters & Choice news roundup: A problem very unique to Hawaii, lava flow, has exposed a well-known issue in the charter sector.

The 2.9 million students now enrolled in charters represents a 14 percent increase from the 2013-14 school year.

The original complaint in 2010 claimed students with disabilities were largely left behind in the massive post-Katrina school choice reform efforts that turned most of the city's public schools into charters.

The real star of the day, however, was Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Republican presidential hopeful who is spending the early part of this week in the nation's capital.

Vouchers for students with special needs and rise of home schooling among techie types, those stories and more are featured on this week's roundup.

There were only two applications for schools and the board was required by the state legislature to approve two virtual charter schools as part a four-year pilot program.

A judge says that objections must be addressed before a proposed settlement can go forward in a 2010 complaint alleging discrimination against students with disabilities.

The average charter school kindergartner's classmates are nearly five times more likely to have a vaccine exemption than those in a regular district school.

The head of the influential Philadelphia School Partnership told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he hopes the $35 million will "take the cost issue off the table for the district."

Speaking at an event in Washington for the release of the Brookings Institution's 2014 Education Choice and Competition Index, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said to "put the money in the kid's backpack."

Using data from the 2013-14 school year, the Brookings Institution's 2014 Education Choice and Competition Index ranks districts based on how many school choice options and supports families can access.

Districts across the country have sought to forge such ties, but Florida's effort is unique because it's being led by the state.

The proposed increase would bring the total amount under the federal Charter Schools Program to $375 million for fiscal year 2016, a hike of 48 percent.

California's state education department has released an advisory in reaction to a recent report that found many California charter schools had parent work quotas.


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