By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org
From Washington D.C., where charter schools are squeezed for space, to Wisconsin, where more freedom is leading to better results for charter school students, it’s been a busy week in education.
Watchdog.org has covered it all.
Empty school buildings but no room for charter schools
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St. Louis County Schools have finally gotten the message. There’s a tough, new set of rules for districts that take sides in expensive school bond referendums and use taxpayer money to do it.
But it took five years, a unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court decision and two administrative law court reprimands, underscored by a token fine, to reach this point.
”It is precedent-setting. It’s the first school district, when it comes to ballot questions, that had to comply with the campaign finance laws, if you’re going to promote a ballot question,” said John Colosimo, a Virginia attorney for the district in the latest administrative law court setback.Read More →
Don’t look up. You may be “live” on one of the 30,000 government surveillance cameras that security experts estimate to be mounted in the greater Twin Cities.
Not so slowly, but surely, metro cities and some government agencies are installing video technology capable of networking surveillance systems in a so-called ring of protection — and detection.Read More →
Mayoral candidates in Philadelphia want to end state control public schools, while in Washington, D.C., a charter school founder accused of misusing taxpayer money agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit. In Texas, actor Matthew McConaughey charged the University of Houston $135,000 to speak at the graduation ceremony, but university officials can’t explain where the money to pay him is coming from.Read More →