Nice piece on charter schools in the Charleston (WV) Gazette. West Virginia is one of 11 states nationally that do not allow charter schools; efforts are underway to enact a charter school law in the state. But NAPCS' Todd Zeibarth is skeptical of the proposed legislation, which would create a weak law granting charters only limited autonomy and restrict authorizing to local school boards and the state board of education. Reporter Davin White does a nice job summarizing the national research evidence on charter schools, as well as what's been learned about the state policy conditions that lead to higher ...


Today, the House Education and Labor Committee is marking up the Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act, which reauthorizes funding for the federal school lunch program, as well as WIC and the child and adult care food program. Funded at about $12 billion in the current year, the federal school lunch program is one of the largest federal funding streams for education, and the proposed legislation would make some significant changes, including streamlining bureaucratic and paperwork requirements to enroll children in high-poverty schools, expanding access to school lunch and out-of-school food programs, and improving nutritional and safety standards for school ...


Greg Richmond has a great and important commentary about charter school board independence in this week's EdWeek. And while "charter school board independence" may sound like a snoozer of an issue, it's actually critically important. I've found that most people not closely engaged in charter school issues don't really understand the importance of charter school boards. The public imagination tends to identify charter schools with visionary school leaders and founders, or well-known EMOs and CMOs, such as Edison or KIPP. But it's the independent governing boards of charter schools who are actually central to what makes public charter schools, public ...


In a recent New Republic column, renowned philosopher Martha Nussbaum criticizes liberal education reformers for being too enthusiastic to embrace the education systems of China and Singapore as models for reform stating that, "Singapore and China are terrible models of education for any nation that aspires to remain a pluralistic democracy." Her argument focuses on three points: First, education in Singapore in China focuses heavily on "rote learning"* and "teaching to the test." Second, the education bureaucracies in Singapore and China have themselves found their model lacking in developing students' creativity and analytical abilities, and are implementing reforms designed to ...


Now that I'm blogging at Education Week, can I still say that Education Week's Stephen Sawchuk is doing an awesome job covering the AFT convention? Well, I'm going to anyway, because he is. Lots of interesting stuff on teacher evaluation, resolutions, and the like. But I found this post, on AFT's growth to 1.5 million members particularly interesting. As Sawchuk notes, AFT's added some 70,000 members in the past two years, with 85 successful organizing campaigns and 53 new local affiliates. Many of these new members are from fields outside of education: In her speech alone, AFT President ...


Hi there. Welcome to my education policy notebook. A few things about me: I'm a D.C.-based education policy analyst who's been working in education policy for a little more than 10 years. Currently, I'm a senior associate with Bellwether Education Partners, a new non-profit organization that works to build the field of organizations accelerating achievement for low-income students. I work directly with some of the awesome organizations you see listed here (don't worry, I'll disclose when I write anything about anyone we work with), and contribute to Bellwether's policy and thought leadership work. Previously, I directed the New ...


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