School Choice and Education News
January 2011 – first edition
Charter-school partners: Columbus should follow example set by nine big-city school districts
The Columbus Dispatch-December 31, 2010
The nine big-city school districts who signed the “District-Charter Collaboration Compact” are taking a step to break the failed patterns of many traditional public schools. This is an important step as traditional public schools seek ways to collaborate with charters that have found success with new approaches and methods.
Rebooted: After a rough start, Columbus KIPP school’s progress encouraging
The Columbus Dispatch-January 3, 2011
After the first year without seeing any progress, KIPP Junior Academy showed tremendous performance gains during its second year. In the 2008-2009 year, the passing rates were 29 percent in math and 32 percent in reading. That same group of students then had a 62 percent passing rate in the 2009-2010 school year. KIPP schools stress hard work, high expectations and strict behavior codes while recruiting only the most committed and brightest graduates in all disciplines as teachers.
Cleveland school district gets proposals for 10 new charters
Cleveland Plain Dealer-January 18, 2011
The Cleveland School District offered to sponsor the start-up of new charter schools in the area. Under the district’s “transformation plan,” charter schools will be promoted as options for students. Ten schools have been proposed for selection and the school board will determine which, if any, schools to sponsor on February 22nd.
Recession makes education reform urgent, educator says
Dayton Daily News-January 19, 2011
The current recession is making education reform a top priority. Geoffrey Canada, of the Harlem Children’s Zone, is pushing for charter schools, using student performance to hold teachers accountable, and longer school calendars in order to turn around a underperforming schools’ culture of failure. Ohio is striving to implement national education standards while continuing its support of school choice and charter schools.
Rhee taking agenda for D.C.-style education reform to national stage
Washington Examiner-January 1, 2011
Former D.C. city schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, plans to create a national education platform through StudentsFirst, the nonprofit advocacy group she started earlier this month. Although it cannot be determined if her platform will be adopted by legislators, there are many legislators willing to take risks and school districts looking to turn around failing schools.
Ready for choice
Indy Star-January 13, 2011
Indiana’s governor, Mitch Daniels, emphasized education reform and school choice during his State of the State address this week. He believes that parents should have the choice of public school, charter schools and private schools. Public surveys have shown that voters are in favor of educational options as well.
America Gets Ready for National School Choice Week, January 23-29, 2011
PR NewsWire- January 16, 2011
Tens of thousands of individuals are expected to attend National School Choice Week events beginning January 23rd. Events will raise public awareness about any and all forms of educational choice while encouraging elected officials to fight for true education reform.
Education choice to push innovation
The Des Moines Register-December 30, 2010
Jason Glass, the newly appointed Director of the Iowa Department of Education, has an aggressive education reform plan in mind which will give local school districts more freedom to try new things. The plan also includes finding a new system of teacher evaluations that identifies and removes weak teachers in order to return Iowa’s focus back to student achievement.