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John Bicknell is executive editor of Watchdog.org. He is a veteran editor and has worked in journalism for more than 30 years. He came to Washington in 1999 as an editor at Congressional Quarterly and held several positions at CQ and Roll Call. He is the author of "America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation." His next book, scheduled to be published in 2017, is on John C. Fremont's 1856 presidential campaign. John also served as senior editor of the 2016 edition of “The Almanac of American Politics.” He can be reached on Twitter @JohnBick1960 and by email at [email protected]

Ohio charter law shows early signs of success

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

Researchers who studied the first year of Ohio’s charter school reforms say the 2015 law is “bringing promising changes to the state’s charter school sector.” A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute cites tougher oversight of Ohio charter authorizers and governing boards as key components of the overhaul. The authors note that this is […]

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Official’s anti-charter comments protected from libel charge

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Education Blog, North Carolina  /  No Comments

A charter school company and its founder can’t sue a former public school superintendent for libel for criticizing  plans for a charter that would compete with his Brunswick County, N.C., system, The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that former Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden’s comments were protected because they were given in his […]

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Daughter of Brown v. Board plaintiff explains why she supports charter schools

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  Education Blog  /  No Comments

Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of Oliver Brown,  the lead plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case that led to the end of segregation in public schools, is an enthusiastic supporter of charter schools. Henderson writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “the struggle for civil rights is directly tied to the struggle to ensure […]

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How charter school stances could affect Boston mayoral race

By   /  January 13, 2017  /  Education Blog, Massachusetts, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Although two leading candidates for mayor of Boston opposed the unsuccessful effort to expand charter schools in Massachusetts, the way they expressed their opposition to Question 2 could play a role in how voters choose between them. City Councilor Tito Jackson, who announced his candidacy Thursday, “was the backbone of the cause,” anti-charter parent Kristin Johnson told the […]

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Maine Democrats give National School Choice Week a rough time

By   /  January 13, 2017  /  Education Blog, Maine  /  No Comments

National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week doesn’t get rolling until Jan. 22, but it’s already causing a stir in the Maine legislature. A joint resolution offered by Republican state Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn honoring NSCW was blocked by Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon of Freeport, the Bangor Daily news reports. The symbolic resolutions bestowing such honors are typically […]

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Georgia politicians not getting the message on school choice

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Education Blog, Georgia  /  No Comments

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Kyle Wingfield wonders how much clearer Georgia voters need to make it that they are in favor of more school choice, because the state’s politicians don’t seem to be taking notice. “The electorate could hardly speak more clearly about the issue,” he writes. “The latest cry comes from the AJC’s pre-legislative session poll, which […]

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