While support for a four-day school week won, the opposition is nearly even in some areas

August 23, 2018 By: Austin Howard FARGO—According to a recent InForum poll with the question. “Would you like to see local districts adopt a 4-day school week?” Minnesotans and North Dakotans are mostly split in their decision. Out of the 26 Minnesota votes, it was a 50/50 split with 13 in favor and 13 against the four-day school week. In North Dakota, 90 voted in favor … Continue reading While support for a four-day school week won, the opposition is nearly even in some areas

DeVos makes surprise visits to D.C. public schools that made gains on standardized test

By Perry Stein August 22 at 9:12 PM Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a surprise visit Wednesday to three D.C. public schools to mark the start of the year and celebrate their notable gains on a national standardized test. The elementary schools — Hendley, Simon and Amidon-Bowen — are part of the traditional public school system and serve children who are predominately from low-income and African … Continue reading DeVos makes surprise visits to D.C. public schools that made gains on standardized test

Poll: GOP support for school choice growing

By Maria Danilova / The Associated Press August 23, 2018    WASHINGTON — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard’s Kennedy School and Stanford University, come as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promotes … Continue reading Poll: GOP support for school choice growing

Despite Wisconsin’s top 10 public school ranking, debate over education funding remains

  Wisconsin has one of the 10 best public school systems in the country, according to a new study by the financial consumer website, WalletHub. In its report “2018 Best and Worst Public Schools,” WalletHub ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on scores across 25 key metrics within two main categories – “quality of education” and “school safety.” Wisconsin ranked ninth … Continue reading Despite Wisconsin’s top 10 public school ranking, debate over education funding remains

Charter schools are big business. Who’s making money off public education?

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC REVEALS WHAT CHARTER SCHOOLS DON’T TELL PARENTS. SEE THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION HERE Arizona Republic Aug. 22, 2018 With Arizona public schools struggling to raise students’ standardized test scores, the Legislature in 1994 began a grand experiment: charter schools. They were exempted from state procurement or conflict-of-interest laws and the oversight of elected boards. With less regulation, charters could succeed where traditional public schools had failed, proponents argued. Today, about … Continue reading Charter schools are big business. Who’s making money off public education?

Charter School Amendment Removed From Florida Ballot

 AUGUST 21, 2018 By Tom McLaughlin Circuit Court Judge John Cooper clearly didn’t agree with the wording of the last of the constitutional amendments to be put before voters this November. Cooper on Monday ordered Amendment 8 stricken from the ballot, calling both the amendment language and the title it would have been introduced under as “misleading.” Court Blocks 2 Amendments From North Carolina Ballot … Continue reading Charter School Amendment Removed From Florida Ballot

California State Superintendent Torlakson Creates Team to Recommend Updates in Charter School Law

August 20, 2018 – SACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced that he is creating an Action Team on Charter Schools to review laws governing California’s charter schools, and provide recommendations about any needed changes to the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Governor, State Board of Education, and State Legislature. The guiding law for charter schools—the California Charter School Act—was enacted 26 … Continue reading California State Superintendent Torlakson Creates Team to Recommend Updates in Charter School Law

California’s missing information about public education

Dan Walters Aug. 16, 2018 Knowledge, it’s been said, is power. It’s especially true in politics, whose insiders joust constantly among themselves and with outsiders, including the media and the voting public, over access to information. One of California’s more important arenas of info-war is public education. We Californians spend at least $100 billion in taxpayer money each year on educating 6 million elementary and secondary … Continue reading California’s missing information about public education

(HBCU’s)- Black Colleges Have to Pay More for Loans Than Other Schools

And there’s no factor that can explain it other than racism. ADAM HARRIS 1:06 PM ET It’s expensive to be poor. And few places in higher education feel that more acutely than historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), where endowments are typically smaller and enrollments have fluctuated wildly over the past decade. Now, to be clear, the financial misfortune of black colleges does not rest squarely on their shoulders. … Continue reading (HBCU’s)- Black Colleges Have to Pay More for Loans Than Other Schools

The DeVos Hearings: School Choice is Here to Stay

Prepare to hear “school choice” a lot. Here’s what it actually means. EMILY DERUY JAN 12, 2017 The Trump administration could bring to the fore some education terms that have been largely overlooked in recent years as it moves to dramatically change the way students learn in the United States. And officials and advocacy groups will throw around other words that are commonly heard but … Continue reading The DeVos Hearings: School Choice is Here to Stay