How Does Your State Rank for Children’s Well-Being? | Alternet

The good news is that, in general, American kids are getting better educations and leading healthier lives. The bad news is that more and more children are living in poverty, and, depending on which state they are being raised in, not necessarily able to access those better educations and healthcare. The 25th edition of the Annie ...

John Thompson: Oklahoma’s Chief for Change Barresi in Trouble With Voters | Living in Dialogue

By Anthony Cody Guest post by John Thompson. When I attended last year’s Oklahoma Department of Education Vision 2020 annual conference, I put on a brave face, suggesting we were enduring the darkness before the dawn. We had just started enforcing the graduation law requiring high school students to pass four End of Instruction (EOI)  tests, ...

Search warrants reveal details of FBI raid of Concept Schools | Early & Often

DAN MIHALOPOULOS The recent FBI raid at the Des Plaines headquarters of Concept Schools focused on many of the politically connected charter-school operator’s top administrators and companies with close ties to Concept, according to federal documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Authorities last month said FBI agents carried out raids at 19 Concept locations in ...

What Happens When a City’s Public Schools Vanish? | Alternet

By next fall, New Orleans will have only five public schools—those operated by the Orleans Parish School Board. Everything else will be charters. The post-Katrina path to almost 100 percent charter education began with the post-storm shutdown of the city’s struggling public schools and the firing (recently declared illegal) of some 7,500 unionized teachers and ...

Hartford charter school investigation: More Subpoenas In Hartford Charter School Probe – Courant.com

By EDMUND H. MAHONY and JON LENDER HARTFORD — City and state educators said Monday that they had been served with subpoenas by a federal grand jury examining the expenditure of millions of dollars in public money by the troubled charter school management company FUSE. The subpoenas were issued Friday to the Hartford Public Schools ...

On Charter Schools, Say This, Not That | EduShyster

A new guide to charter messaging urges advocates to steer clear of corporate speak Once every four minutes, a passionate charter advocate accidentally lapses into the kind of clinical corporate speak that can leave listeners cold—not to mention kids out of the equation. Would that there were a way to remedy this problem once and ...

Ira Shor: Why You Should Opt Out Your Children from State Testing | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Ira Shor is a professor at the Coty University of New York, where he teaches composition and rhetoric. Shor understands that standardized testing is the foundation on which the entire “reform” project rests. Take away the test scores, and the data-driven teacher evaluation collapses, along with the ambitious plans for privatization. Shor writes: “Opt-Out: The ...

Rocketship Slows Down | EdSurge News

In the winter of 2013, Rocketship Education had aggressive plans for growth. The eight-year-old charter management organization (CMO), hailed by many as a blended learning pioneer, had taken steps to grow from nine schools in two states (California and Wisconsin) to over 50 schools across seven new cities within four years. In addition, the organization ...

South Carolina: State Vouchers Allow Profits at Expense of Public Schools | Diane Ravitch’s blog

There is more than one way to harm public education. Several states have passed legislation to allow tax credits for scholarships to private and religious schools. This reduces the money available to support public schools. But it gets better! In South Carolina, smart investors can actually make a profit by making gifts to the tax ...

Rhee’s StudentsFirst Pulls Out of More States | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Last week, I reported that StudentsFirst had departed from Minnesota and Florida. I assumed the pickings were slim in the former, and the “reform” camp had saturated the state of Florida. Well, there is more to the story, as I learned when I discovered a week-old politico.com in my spam box. StudentsFirst has also pulled ...