Baldwin aide breaks silence, alleges senator engaged in ‘coverup’

Are funding inequalities holding Albany charter schools back?

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, New York, News  /  No Comments

EQUALITY FOR ALL?: Could funding Albany charters just as much as traditional public schools have fixed their financial woes?

By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org
Charter schools receive significantly less funding than traditional public schools, especially in urban areas.
The effect of that discrepancy may be seen in Albany, New York, where two charter schools were given shorter than usual charter extensions due to financial concerns.
The New York State Board of Regents — the governing body that decides whether […]

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Education week in review: confusing school consolidation, free union rent

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  California, Education, Education Blog, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org
From legally questionable free office space for teachers unions in Philadelphia to a Los Angeles, where a court ruling means the city’s school district will have to provide more space for charter schools, it’s been a busy week in education news.
Watchdog.org covered it all.
Vermont: consolidation and confusion
A confused and confusing plan […]

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College-bound champions celebrated at a school called Hope

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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As University of Wisconsin men’s basketball fans come down from a historic season ending with a tantalizing loss in the NCAA championship, attention turns to the future of the program. In Milwaukee, Hope Christian High School, too, is looking for the next “impact players.”

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A school choice expert shares his experience at success

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“We worked truly hard,” Brown said. “We increased the amount of time spent on reading and math, even though that required an extension of the school day to eight hours. That was tough, but it was successful.”

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Teachers sue state board over license delays, denials

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  Education, Government Regulation, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Four teachers are suing the Minnesota Board of Teaching for arbitrarily denying licenses “to well-qualified teachers who clearly meet the statutory requirements.”

So, what’s it take for teachers licensed in another state to obtain a license to continue their careers in Minnesota? A Harvard education? Bilingual capabilities? Years of teaching disadvantaged children? A special education degree?

None of the above?

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Windham County districts revolt against school consolidation in Vermont

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  Education, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A backlash over statewide school consolidation is under way in Vermont as members of the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Board sent a letter to state officials this week expressing united opposition to H.361.

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