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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School choice is popular — when parents know about it

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

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Many school choice programs are exceedingly popular, yet other programs beg for applications.

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California teacher reform lawsuit sparks copycat, more likely to come

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  California, Education, National, News  /  No Comments

Part 127 of 126 in the series Educating America By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org Teacher quality is the most important in-school factor in students’ education, the National Council on Teacher Quality says. After a first-of-its-kind teacher quality lawsuit was decided in favor of education reformers in California, the first copycat lawsuit has been announced […]

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Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others

By   /  June 23, 2014  /  Education, Florida, National, News  /  No Comments

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Part 125 of 126 in the series Educating America By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org Parents of certain special-needs students in Florida will be able to customize their children’s education, thanks to a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Friday. The law allows certain parents access to Personalized Learning Scholarship Accounts, modeled on Arizona’s […]

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Feds consider joining school choice game

By   /  June 2, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org

The federal government is getting in the school choice game.

A bill, called the CHOICE Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Todd Rokita — a companion to a Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Tim Scott.

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PA Supreme Court pushes forward charter school’s lawsuit against Philly

By   /  May 21, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

The relationship between the School District of Philadelphia and the 86 public charter schools in the city has grown strained as financial struggles have intensified. The state Supreme Court has now stepped in.

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