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Parents can still choose schools after open enrollment ends

By   /  May 2, 2016  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The deadline for Wisconsin parents who want to enroll their children in public schools outside their home district was supposed to be Friday. But if parents missed the open-enrollment period they don’t necessarily have to panic thanks to what the Department of Public Instruction calls the “alternative application procedure.” One criteria for approving an alternative […]

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McAdams sues Marquette for breach of contract

By   /  May 2, 2016  /  Education, Free Speech, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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MILWAUKEE – Embattled political science professor John McAdams sued Marquette University on Monday, alleging breach of contract and violation of his right to academic freedom over the Catholic institution’s attempt to strip him of tenure. At a press conference in Milwaukee, McAdams said the purpose of the suit is to teach in a classroom again, […]

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Survey: Increasing support for public charters, school choice

By   /  April 29, 2016  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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Results of a national survey by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools show wide and deep support for charter schools where they already exist, as well as where school choice is limited. The NAPCS survey, based on interviews with more than a 1,000 parents, showed that 78 percent support a public charter school opening in their […]

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D-Day on the horizon for Vermont pre-K program

By   /  April 29, 2016  /  Education, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The scheduled end of a $33 million federal grant that funds full-time pre-Kindergarten for 4-year-olds could combine with demands that the program serve more kids and communities to stick Vermont taxpayers with a sizable tab.

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NAEP scores raise questions about student achievement gap

By   /  April 28, 2016  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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The deluge of stories debating exactly how bad the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress scores are will continue to flood news feeds and education sites for weeks to come, but one thing is clear – the achievement gap is widening, even if it’s only a little. The assessment, also known as the Nation’s Report Card […]

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Report: Virtual schools ‘lag significantly’

By   /  April 28, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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Gulosino and Miron say in their report that policymakers should stop, or at least slow, the growth of virtual and blended schools and their enrollment sizes until educators have a better handle on why students at these types of school perform poorly.

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