Teachers union takes on Florida school choice law

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Education, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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A lawsuit from Florida teachers would eliminate school choice for many low-income students and effectively kill a program to help students with autism and other special needs.

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Washington initiative would reduce class sizes

By   /  July 14, 2014  /  Education, News, Washington  /  No Comments

SPENDING VS. RESULTS: New Mexico consistently finishes in the bottom tier in public education studies but a study from the NEA puts the state 25th in how much it spends per student.

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org
A group in Washington has filed a ballot initiative to reduce class sizes in the state’s public schools.
The campaign has raised $630,000, including $350,000 from the National Education Association.
Estimated cost of the reductions — including hiring more teachers and building new schools — is in the billions of dollars. The initiative doesn’t specify a [...]

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What can private schools learn from charters?

By   /  July 10, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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While private schools — in particular, Catholic schools — have seen a decline in enrollment in recent years, the Catholic school network Cristo Rey has flourished, opening two to three schools each year,

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States receive federal mandate for teacher equity

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

NO CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE: U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan once ran a school but has never served as a classroom teacher.

Effective teachers are less likely to teach low-income and minority students.

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Massachusetts a step closer to upping charter school cap

By   /  July 8, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

Pennsylvania Auditor General recommends improvements to charter sector.

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org
Massachusetts lawmakers are considering raising the cap on the total number of charter schools that can open in the state.
While more than 20,000 children in Boston sit on charter school waiting lists, the state House of Representatives passed the bill. The Senate has until the end of the month to [...]

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Pennsylvania lawmakers table teacher seniority bill, special ed funding

By   /  July 7, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

SPECIAL ED: Some students need extra help in the classroom. NCSECS hopes to help kids get that help in charter schools.

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org

Pennsylvania lawmakers considered reforming special education funding and ending the system of seniority-based layoffs, but ultimately failed to act before the legislative session recessed last week.
Lawmakers could bring the issues back up when they meet briefly in the fall, but the session ends shortly before the November election in which all [...]

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