New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg likes charter schools. He likes them so much he intends to double the number of charter schools in the city, from 47 to 100, according to this recent article from the Gotham Gazette. But are charter schools the answer to New York City's education problems? Charter-advocates think they are....

It costs the U.S. government $6 billion per year to feed the 29 million students enrolled in the National School Lunch Program, and commercial food vendors are keen to get a slice of the pie, according to this NewsWeek article. In doing so, however, they have to negotiate strict federal restrictions on price and nutrition. And they have to make their choices "cool" enough for kids to eat. But are the kids getting what they need?...

The American Spectator founder R. Emmett Tyrrell points to the recently released NAEP scores in reading for middle schoolers to state that the time for a comprehensive embrace of school vouchers has arived. A comprehensive voucher program—not just limited to poor inner-city families—will establish a market in education, and this, writes Tyrrell, will be to everyone's gain. Especially educators....

How well do you know the No Child Left Behind Act? Standardized testing, "highly qualified" teachers, and "adequate yearly progress" might be familiar terms in an educator's lexicon these days. But what about the parental involvement mandate? This Edutopia article sheds more light on the lesser known requirements of the federal law....

Not too long ago, if a school needed to craft a new curriculum, it came through the administration or a curriculum specialist. These days, however, there are other key players involved: The parents. American School Board Journal Senior Editor Kathleen Vail writes on the increasly powerful role both parents and community members can have on curriculum issues in today's schools....


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