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  • Any other Charter Communication cable customers find this a little irritating?

    08/13/2014 8:16:40 PM PDT · by bobonthejob · 10 replies
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    I am a Charter Communications cable customer in California and recently was “upgraded” to all digital TV. A feature of the Charter cable service had been to “power on” the receiver with the channel of your preference. Mine was Fox News. After the conversion to “all digital” TV, the ability to make a selection of the “power on” channel was eliminated from the receiver menu. The receiver would “power on” to a Charter informational channel with the skinny Charter girl telling you about the wonderful things you were in store for with Charter “all digital’ TV. I was wishing that...
  • Flatlining Education

    08/11/2014 10:28:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 10, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    The constant debate of how to fix public education is far from over. However, The Heritage Foundation came across new research for an improved education policy. heritage foundation index of cultury and opportunity Jennifer A. Marshall, Vice President of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, discussed new research to better the failing education system for children in low income areas. While the Center for American Progress argues that government needs to increase funding for better education, the Heritage Foundation suggests a different approach. “The charts on public school test scores [over time] are the most boring ones in the...
  • Confirmed: Illegal Alien Kids Will Be Going to Publicly Funded Charter School in Texas

    07/31/2014 6:07:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/31/14 | Bryan Preston
    KRGV reports that a refurbished detention center in Karnes City, TX, will be used to house hundreds of women and children who crossed into Texas illegally. The center’s rooms, called “suites,” have only been used to house adult illegal aliens in the past, but with the recent surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America, it will now be used to house kids too. KRGV’s story says that the illegal aliens will only be housed at the center for an average of 23 days, or that’s the fe
  • The Charter Conspirators

    03/20/2014 1:49:57 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 2 replies
    Real Clear Politics H/T Ace of Spades ^ | March 18, 2014 | Richard Cohen
    In the war between the rich and the poor, I'm enlisting on the side of the underdog -- the rich. What a drubbing they've been taking! Across the nation, but particularly in cities such as New York and Washington, the rich are incessantly accused of being slyly manipulative and self-serving. For instance, they support charter schools. Apparently, there is nothing worse. I am mystified. Charter schools are not private schools. They are free public schools that are open to any student, usually by lottery. Some very rich people support them, provide extra funds for special programs and, in return, get...
  • (Socialist) De Blasio starts his war on charter schools

    02/28/2014 2:46:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/14 | Frank Rosario, Carl Campanile
    Mayor de Blasio brought down the hammer Thursday on three charter schools operated by his nemesis Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms this fall. “This has to be the saddest day for the Success Academy’s children, family, teachers, school leaders,” Moskowitz said after meeting with stunned charter parents in Harlem. “Right now, our kids are being evicted. Evicted out of their school. It’s wrong and we need an explanation. You’re going to have to ask Mayor de Blasio what the motivations are for a decision that will hurt so many children now and, frankly, forever.”
  • New York's de Blasio boots charter schools from city space

    02/27/2014 6:50:28 PM PST · by gooblah · 30 replies
    Foxnews ^ | February 27, 2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took off the gloves in his battle with education reformers, rescinding an agreement for the city to share space with several public charter schools. The move undercuts educators, parents and some 700 students at four schools, including Harlem Success 4, one of the public charter school movement’s top success stories, and two set to open in the fall. While agreements at those schools were rescinded, expansion of a fourth school was also blocked. The schools were to operate rent-free in city-owned facilities under deals backed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent supporter...
  • Quebec Kippah Ban Stokes Controversy in Ethnic 'Tapestry' Canada

    09/22/2013 1:53:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Quebec’s separatist government is betting on broad popular support with a proposal that prohibits public workers from wearing headscarves, skullcaps and other religious symbols, yet it is dividing the movement that advocates independence from Canada. The proposal, unveiled by the ruling Parti Quebecois last week, plays with the explosive issue of minority rights in a part of Canada, a country that prides itself as being a tapestry of immigrants rather than a U.S.-style melting pot. The government’s proposed Charter of Quebec Values would ban teachers, doctors and other public workers from wearing highly visible religious symbols, including yarmulkes, headscarves and...
  • Sandy Hook Redux? Shots Fired Reported At Georgia Elementary School; Shooter In Custody

    08/20/2013 10:37:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 106 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 20, 2013
    Here we go again. Just out from WSBTV.com The DeKalb County schoolboard chairman says a there is an active shooter at McNair Elementary School. Chairman Melvin Johnson said there have been reports of shots fired. There are no reports of injuries. The gunman has not been located. News Chopper 2 footage showed children running from the school building. Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, a charter school, is located on 2nd Avenue in Decatur. Channel 2 Action News crews are on the way to the scene. Check back with WSBTV.com for updates.
  • Study: Religious Schools Perform Better Than Public, Charter Schools

    04/22/2013 8:54:12 AM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 10, 2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Private religious schools perform better than public schools, and public charter schools performed no better than regular public schools, according to a new study by William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University at Long Beach and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton. Jeynes spoke Monday with The Christian Post about the study. He found that religious, mostly Christian, school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools. The results of his research were recently published in vol. 87, issue 3 of the Peabody Journal of Education in an article titled,...
  • Measuring the Value of Charter Schools

    02/05/2013 5:16:52 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/3/2013 | Audrey Spalding
    Just a few weeks ago, Bridge Magazine released a statewide ranking of schools, which took student socioeconomic background into account. Bridge's methodology is almost identical to that used in the Mackinac Center's High School Report Card. Not surprisingly, the results were similar: Both Bridge and the Mackinac Center identified Star International Academy as the highest-ranked school. On the heels of Bridge's release, Jeff Padden wrote in a column for Bridge Magazine that charter public schools are twice as likely to be low-scoring than conventional public schools. Padden comes to this conclusion by comparing the distribution of conventional and charter public...
  • New Study Shows Better Results For Charter School Students Compared To Those In Conventional Schools

    01/18/2013 12:06:57 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/16/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new study taking race, poverty and other areas into account when measuring performance shows that students in Michigan public charter schools do better academically than their conventional public school counterparts. The students who took advantage of school choice had academic growth 82 percent above the state average in reading and 72 percent above the state average in math. The report from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) followed more than 85,000 charter school students in 273 schools and took into account grade level, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English language learner status, special education status, gender and prior...
  • Charters Enticing Private School Families

    09/06/2012 7:05:26 AM PDT · by eagleye85 · 6 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | September 6, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    A recent report from the Cato Institute highlights a different type of competition fostered by school choice: public versus private. As Adam Schaeffer discusses in the report, charter schools, since they are government subsidized, are enticing parents away from the private education sector and back into the public school system. This increases the number of students on the education rolls and thereby leads to increased taxpayer costs. “We [Schaeffer and Richard Buddin] estimate that charter schools took approximately 190,000 students from private schools between 2000 and 2008,” writes Schaeffer. “These students required an additional $1.8 billion in annual public expenditures.”...
  • The Future of American Education

    03/06/2012 1:35:52 PM PST · by bthockey · 2 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 3/5/12 | Alex Ritschard
    Education, like many other things in America under the current Administration, is in decline. The youth of this country must be competitive with the youth of our major global rivals. That being said, they must be equipped to do that, which means the current education system must be reformed. In a country where, economically, competition has allowed the best to thrive and the worst to disappear to make America the most prosperous nation in the world, it only makes sense that the same idea would be applied in the education sector as well. The key to success of a society...
  • Union Hyperbole About Cyber Charter Schools

    02/22/2012 10:02:47 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/20/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    The president of the state’s largest government employee union, the Michigan Education Association, recently said the for-profit education management companies that manage online charter public schools here will make “hundreds of millions of Michigan taxpayer dollars” if a bill is passed increasing the arbitrary cap on the number of students allowed to enroll. This claim is laughable. Fiscal data from the two current online charters now allowed shows the vast majority of their money is spent on instruction and instructional support to students. Teachers and instructional supplies make up the bulk of this spending. Further, audits show the management companies...
  • Santorum Bashes Public Schools, Says They're Stuck In Factory Era

    02/18/2012 6:56:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 75 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 18, 2012 | Mitchell Landsberg
    Santorum Bashes Public Schools, Says They're Stuck In Factory Era By Mitchell Landsberg February 18, 2012 Reporting from Columbus, Ohio— Republican GOP hopeful Rick Santorum may be the most prominent homeschooler in America. So it might not have been surprising that, on Saturday, he told a conservative Christian audience that he intended to homeschool his children in the White House. In his remarks to the Ohio Christian Alliance, however, Santorum went further, seeming to attack the very idea of public education. In the nation’s past, he said, “Most presidents homeschooled their children in the White House.… Parents educated their children...
  • Possible IRS rule change alarms charter schools.

    02/04/2012 8:38:52 AM PST · by SubMareener · 12 replies
    Via Email ^ | 2/4/2012 | Carolyn Cox
    Possible IRS rule change alarms charter schools. The IRS is proposing changes to the rules for Charter Schools. You have until Monday to comment at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools website.The issue is this: The regulation would force those charter school teachers who have chosen to be in the state retirement system and are currently contributing to their state retirement plans to quit their charter-school jobs or lose the money that has been contributed to their accounts by the state. Teachers can keep what they've put into the account, but anything the state has put in would be...
  • House Has Rare Opportunity With Charter Public School Cap Vote

    12/13/2011 9:15:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/12/2011 | Jack Spencer
    Jennifer Jarosz is one of several parents in St. Helen, a small, rural community in Roscommon County, who wants to be able to place her children in a charter public school. She testified Dec. 1 in front of the Michigan House Education Committee. But currently the state's charter cap is blocking the schoolhouse door. "Our community is surrounded by two school districts with an average graduation rate of 75 percent,” Jarosz told the committee. "Educationally we are already an under-served community and it is only going to get worse if we are not provided some opportunities for educational alternatives.” The...
  • Parents Pin Hopes on Charter School Lottery

    12/13/2011 5:51:25 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/13/2011 | Lorie Shane
    The metal bleachers in the middle of the school gymnasium fill slowly with expectant parents and playful youngsters. All of the adults are here on this warm spring afternoon for the same reason: to find out if their children will gain admission to South Arbor Academy, a Washtenaw County public charter school that has become so popular that it conducts a public lottery each spring to divvy up any openings in its K-8 program. Kindergarten is the most sought-after spot. The school has 77 seats available for the fall of 2010, but about 51 of those will be taken by...
  • Democrat Measure Targets Charter Public Schools

    12/02/2011 12:14:52 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/1/2011 | Jack Spencer
    Two Democrats, Sens. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, and Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor, announced this week that they would introduce a constitutional amendment to ban schools operated by for-profit entities in Michigan. “Our education institutions should not be guided by a mission statement focused on making a profit,” Sen. Warren said. “Michigan's children deserve to receive an education focused on their success and empowerment – a mission with no room for profits and corporate management.” In response, Senate Education Committee Chair Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, contrasted the Warren-Hopgood resolution, which targets groups that manage charter schools, with the fact that numerous for-profit...
  • Class action lawsuits filed against Charter, Comcast for response to recent service outages in W. MA

    11/28/2011 1:02:09 PM PST · by matt04 · 12 replies
    A local law firm on Tuesday filed a class action suit in Hampden Superior Court against two major cable companies, Charter Communications and Comcast, charging each with “gouging” their customers by not automatically giving credit or refunds for lengthy service outages following the recent snowstorm. Lawyer Jeffrey S. Morneau of the Springfield firm Connor Morneau & Olin, filed two separate class action suits against the area’s two major cable companies. Each suit is filed on behalf of three plaintiffs, but as Morneau pointed out, the action covers “all persons residing in Massachusetts” who are customers of either company and who...
  • New Hall Of Famer Andre Agassi On Tennis, Family And Overhauling Education In America

    11/23/2011 7:54:05 PM PST · by Baynative · 1 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | July 8, 2011 | Victor Chi
    Agassi has used the platform that tennis gave him to pursue his lifelong goal of giving children in need a better education. He founded his own school in Las Vegas 10 years ago and just forged a partnership with Canyon Capital to provide $500 million of funding for 75 charter schools across the country in the next three years. "Andre Agassi has done more to help others than any athlete has ever done," his former coach Nick Bollettieri says. "He helped take tennis to another level, but what he is doing now with education will be so much greater because...
  • Charter School Accused of Becoming Adult Club at Night (Miami)

    09/02/2011 9:25:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Fox 8 ^ | 9/02/11 | Kathleen McGrory
    Charter School Accused of Becoming Adult Club at NightBy Kathleen McGrory, The Miami Herald 6:15 a.m. EDT, September 2, 2011 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY— By day, the Balare Language Academy is an A-rated charter school, home to children in kindergarten through middle school. But when the kids are tucked into bed, Balare apparently becomes a playground of a different kind. Party fliers, printed and on the Web, indicate that the campus at 10875 Quail Roost Dr. has been hosting raunchy, booze-soaked bashes into the wee hours. One flier for an upcoming party features a voluptuous, scantily clad woman posing with champagne bottles....
  • Turkish Islamist charter schools in US being investigated by FBI

    03/21/2011 11:27:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    hard right blog ^ | 3/21/11 | creeping
    via U.S. charter-school network with Turkish link draws federal attention By Martha Woodall and Claudio Gatti | INQUIRER STAFF WRITER FOR THE INQUIRER Fethullah Gulen is a major Islamic political figure in Turkey, but he lives in self-imposed exile in a Poconos enclave and gained his green card by convincing a federal judge in Philadelphia that he was an influential educational figure in the United States. As evidence, his lawyer pointed to the charter schools, now more than 120 in 25 states, that his followers – Turkish scientists, engineers, and businessmen – have opened, including Truebright Science Academy in North...
  • Pittsburgh startup provides way to fly on empty private airplanes at potentially reduced cost

    01/02/2011 2:37:05 PM PST · by dickmc · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity (self) ^ | Jan 2, 2010 | Dick Mc
    In an interview on the local Pittsburgh TV station this morning, a Pittsburgh Carnegie Mellon startup has found a way to to identify and purchase unused or empty return space on private charter aircraft. Interestingly, it uses algorithms developed by DARPA and used by the U.S. air force. (Would also avoid TSA gropes). BTW, I have no relationship with the startup. But, I think it is a neat idea by a local Pittsburgh startup using DARPA technology. In any event, the company is at flyRuby.com. If interested in it or want to bookmark the site: http://flyruby.com/statics/charter101 From the site:* Using...
  • Liberals Seize Educational Reform

    11/17/2010 5:47:20 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 17, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The educational reforms some conservatives have championed for decades may actually have a chance at a second life now that a few liberals have embraced them. For example, the current darling of conservative reformers, outgoing Washington, D. C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, was a Democratic appointee in a Democratic administration in one of the most Democratic (in party registrations) cities in America. In Washington, pre-Rhee, “Over 95 percent of teachers in D. C. P. S. rated satisfactory while 10 percent of students were reading at grade level,” Jason Kamras of Teaching Human Capital said at the Atlantic Forum on K-12...
  • Winning the Education Lottery

    11/15/2010 7:43:35 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 15, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    , In New York, a public school system that once was the envy of the world has become an international laughingstock. The laugh track is not likely to die out anytime soon. “Virtually the entire New York press corps do not read the state test,” Harvard professor Daniel Koretz alleged at The Atlantic K-12 Education Forum. “Last year, the chancellor’s office, in a press conference, admitted that they did not read the state tests.” Maybe they should see The Lottery instead. The heart-wrenching documentary tells the tale of two families applying to the Harlem Success Academy (HSA). Five thousand applicants...
  • For Hire Or Charter

    07/08/2010 10:50:16 AM PDT · by bs9021
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | July 8, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    For Hire or Charter Bethany Stotts, July 8, 2010 In their interim report on a National Study of Charter Management Organization Effectiveness, Mathematica and the Center on Reinventing Public Education contrast charter management organizations (CMOs) with coexisting public school districts and explain how the leaders of the former have considerable latitude in terms of hiring, firing and other institutional practices. “In contrast to typical school districts in which school leaders frequently complain about the lack of flexibility in allocating school resources, well over one-third of surveyed CMOs (41 percent) allow their schools to determine the number of teaching positions needed...
  • Teacher Fired Over Student Beating Video (disturbing video)

    05/13/2010 1:59:44 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 72 replies · 1,599+ views
    MY Fox Houston ^ | 05/13/2010 | DAMALI KEITH
    HOUSTON - It's a story you saw First on FOX: A charter school has fired one of its teachers -- accused of beating up a student on video. A classmate captured the entire incident on their cell phone. The teacher in question, identified by school officials as Sherri Davis, was officially terminated on Monday night. “Now that officials at Jamie’s House Charter School have been able to review the video on Fox News, we are horrified at the actions of the teacher,” principal David Jones said in a statement.
  • Minn. students protest as part of school field trip

    03/24/2010 4:52:28 AM PDT · by gore_sux · 27 replies · 1,113+ views
    KSTP News ^ | Chris O'Connell and Becky Nahm
    While some may go on a field trip to the zoo or a museum, students from a Minneapolis charter school went to the state capitol to take part in a protest. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders from Southside Family Charter School chanted, held signs, and demanded answers on welfare reform outside of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office Tuesday...
  • Charter school rescuing blacks from Democrat policies

    03/11/2010 7:31:46 AM PST · by aquapub · 16 replies · 754+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3-11-10 | Robert Moon
    The Urban Prep Academy in Chicago has announced that 100% of its all-black graduating seniors are now college-bound. This is in contrast to the roughly 6% who graduate from Chicago's disastrous government-run system.
  • Not Your Parents' PTA (Muslim-like charter school)

    02/27/2010 11:15:16 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 4 replies · 435+ views
    Powerlineblog.com ^ | 02/28/10 | John Hinderaker
    We've written a number of times about Minnesota's Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA), a charter school that appears to be Muslim in all but name, and is closely affiliated with, if not an alter ego of, the radical Muslim American Society. The American Civil Liberties Union is engaged in litigation against TIZA, in which the ACLU alleges that the school unconstitutionally promotes religion at taxpayer expense. That litigation has gotten quite bitter. Our friend Kathy Kersten has done more than anyone else to shed light on TIZA and its relationship with the Muslim American Society through her columns in the...
  • Arne, Katrina and Schumpeter [Why gov't school test scores have risen post-Katrina]

    02/10/2010 6:21:18 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 4 replies · 524+ views
    e21 ^ | 1/8/2010 | John O’Leary and William D. Eggers
    Remember that the schools in New Orleans were a tragedy long before Katrina. ...In the 1970s, Mickey Landry and his wife both taught in New Orleans. “We used to come home and joke that the best thing that could happen to the Orleans Parish school system would be for someone to blow it up and start all over again.” Frustrated, Landry left New Orleans, but stayed in education, eventually running a prestigious private school in Colorado. Landry was lured back to post-Katrina New Orleans by the opportunity to run a school without the bureaucratic constraints of the old Orleans Parish...
  • Charter Colleges?

    12/18/2009 9:16:55 AM PST · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 351+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | December 18, 2009 | Deborah Lambert
    Charter Colleges? Deborah Lambert, December 18, 2009 Amid the heavy-handed bureaucracies that dominate our nation’s colleges and universities, there are seeds of opportunity. Professor Marvin Olasky noted in a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education that a move toward Charter Colleges might be the answer. Dr. Olasky, editor-in-chief of the news magazine World and a journalism professor at the U. of Texas, Austin, hails Rob Koons, “the University of Texas professor removed last fall as head of a UT Western Civilization program, who is proposing that Texas legislators back the creation of charter colleges, as they now support...
  • SAT RAP (Video)

    11/23/2009 3:54:44 PM PST · by bs9021 · 227+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | November 23, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    SAT Rap (Video) Bethany Stotts, November 23, 2009 Can the SAT be cool? The makers of this motivational video certainly try. “Relax” by Charta Squad [Video at link] YouTube user “Elka131” writes that the video is “created by teachers at the Believe High Schools in Brooklyn, NY.” Nancy Griesemer at The Examiner and Eric Hoover at Tweed attribute it to Williamsburg Charter High School (WCHS), which is part of a network of three charters in Brooklyn, NY. WCHS serves a low-income community (79% of students were eligible for a free lunch in the 2005-06 academic year)....
  • Vote could open 250 L.A. schools to outside operators

    08/27/2009 3:09:09 PM PDT · by Aliska · 6 replies · 358+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 25, 2009 | Howard Blume/Jason Song
    In a startling acknowledgment that the Los Angeles school system cannot improve enough schools on its own, the city Board of Education approved a plan Tuesday that could turn over 250 campuses -- including 50 new multimillion-dollar facilities -- to charter groups and other outside operators.
  • City (of Friendswood, TX) Wants Judge to Rule on Voter Approval on Debt

    06/11/2009 7:29:23 PM PDT · by anymouse · 8 replies · 915+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | June 9, 2009 | Rhiannon Meyers
    FRIENDSWOOD — The city has asked a Travis County judge to say it is legal for Friendswood to issue $11 million in debt without voter approval. The city had planned to issue $11 million in certificates of obligation to fund roads, parks, an animal shelter and a records building, but some residents said the city charter prohibited the city from issuing certificates of obligation. While bonds require voter approval, certificates of obligation do not. The city charter was amended by voters in 1997 to prohibit the city from issuing debt without voter approval that it could not finance from its...
  • The Most Awesomely Awesome School Ever

    05/31/2009 3:51:44 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 1 replies · 500+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | May 31, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    School administrators take pride in their record of frequently firing teachers they consider to be underperforming. Unions are embraced with the same warmth accorded "self-esteem experts, panhandlers, drug dealers and those snapping turtles who refuse to put forth their best effort," to quote the school's website.
  • Palin signs bill supporting charter schools

    05/15/2009 1:50:04 PM PDT · by ak267 · 1 replies · 264+ views
    Tweet from Sarah... ------------------------------------------------------ Just signed SB 57, in support of AK's charter schools & families @ Academy Charter School. Many thanks to the 6th/7th grade classes & staff! ------------------------------------------------------ A bill passed by the Legislature and that is awaiting the governor's signature should help Alaska's small charter schools living on the financial edge. The Juneau Community Charter School, along with a handful of other small charter schools, have been coping with a state funding system that some say forces growth. For most schools, more students means more money. Public charter schools are not funded that way, however, and if...
  • Charter files for bankruptcy, names restructuring chief

    03/28/2009 3:54:59 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies · 522+ views
    St. Louis Business Journal ^ | March 27, 2009 | Kelsey Volkmann
    Charter Communications Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday in an effort to reduce its debt by $8 billion. The cable giant is working toward getting its restructuring plan confirmed in August so it can emerge from bankruptcy later that month or early September, according to sources close to the process. Charter appointed attorney Gregory Doody as its chief restructuring officer to oversee the financial restructuring process and minimize the impact on day-to-day operations. Charter had recently hired Doody as a turnaround specialist and adviser. Doody previously led successful in-court and out-of-court restructurings, including at Calpine Corp., a San Jose,...
  • Paul Allen's Charter (Communications Inc) to file Chapter 11

    02/12/2009 1:58:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 1,581+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/09 | Yinka Adegoke
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Charter Communications Inc (CHTR.O) said on Thursday it will restructure its heavy debt load under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing by April 1, wiping out shareholders as the company reached a deal with senior debt holders. The cable operator, controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, said in a statement it would file for Chapter 11 on or before April 1 after it reached a deal with some of its creditors helping to reduce its debt by around $8 billion. It had a debt load of around $21 billion as of Sept 30. Various debt holders and...
  • The Hamas Charter

    02/03/2009 5:13:58 PM PST · by jay1949 · 176+ views
    American Sentinel ^ | February 3, 2009 | Findalis
    Mental self-flagellation. Here's a sample: "The Muslim Brotherhood Movement . . . is characterized by a profound understanding, by precise notions and by a complete comprehensiveness of all concepts of Islam in all domains of life: views and beliefs, politics and economics, education and society, jurisprudence and rule, indoctrination and teaching, the arts and publications, the hidden and the evident, and all the other domains of life."
  • Homeschool Bound

    12/17/2008 11:37:06 AM PST · by bs9021 · 12 replies · 468+ views
    Campus Report ^ | December 17, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Homeschool Bound by: Bethany Stotts, December 17, 2008 Homeschooling is catering to new, more diverse demographics, according to Messiah College associate professor Milton Gaither. The author of Homeschool: An American History, Professor Gaither writes in his Education Next (EN) article that “Growth in home schooling can be spotted among other ethnic and religious groups as well,” including “Native Americans in Virginia and North Carolina,” “Hawaiian natives,” Orthodox Jews, and Muslims, joining with an already strong Catholic and conservative Christian homeschooling movement. A 2006 report by the National Center for Education Statistics (the most recent data available), finds that in 2003...
  • McCain Is the Pro-Choice Candidate (In Respect to Education)

    08/21/2008 7:05:44 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 6 replies · 552+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 21 August 2008 | PETE DU PONT
    America's first charter school opened in Minnesota in 1992. Sixteen years later, there are 4,128 charter schools educating 1.24 million students in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Another 300 to 400 are expected to open in the coming school year. Charter schools are public schools, but they are very different. The Center for Education Reform's 2008 Annual Survey reports that responding charter schools are one-third smaller than conventional public schools, with about 348 students, compared with 521. They spend less—about $7,625 per student, compared with $9,138 in public schools—and they receive only about 61% of the per pupil...
  • Charter To Begin Tracking Users' Searches And Inserting Targeted Ads

    05/13/2008 1:51:24 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 13 replies · 111+ views
    The Consumerist ^ | May 12, 2008 | Alex Chasick
    Charter Communications is sending letters to its customers informing them of an "enhanced online experience" that involves Charter monitoring its users' searches and the websites they visit, and inserting targeted third-party ads based on their web activity. Charter, which serves nearly six million customers, is requiring users who want to keep their activity private to submit their personal information to Charter via an unencrypted form and download a privacy cookie that must be downloaded again each time a user clears his web cache or uses a different browser... Deep packet inspection allows an ISP to monitor not only its users...
  • For Education, a Regrettable Conversion

    04/08/2008 3:30:43 AM PDT · by Amelia · 37 replies · 35+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 8, 2008 | Raw Fisherfrom Marc Fisher's Blog
    The bottom line is clear, says Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl: The Catholic Church can no longer afford to run a full complement of inner-city parochial schools serving a population that is, by an overwhelming majority, non-Catholic. So, facing a deficit of about $50 million over the next five years, the church is moving to convert at least seven D.C. elementary schools into secular, taxpayer-funded charter schools. "We simply don't have the resources to keep all those schools open," Wuerl said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors the other day. "We have exhausted the resources available to us."...
  • Cable Company Mistakenly Empties Customers' E-Mail Accounts (Charter Communications)

    01/24/2008 4:14:36 PM PST · by rawhide · 16 replies · 52+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 1-24-08
    ST. LOUIS — Charter Communications officials believe a software error during routine maintenance caused the company to delete the contents of 14,000 customer e-mail accounts. There is no way to retrieve the messages, photos and other attachments that were erased from inboxes and archive folders across the country on Monday, said Anita Lamont, a spokeswoman for the suburban St. Louis-based company. "We really are sincerely sorry for having had this happen and do apologize to all those folks who were affected by the error," Lamont said Thursday when the company announced the gaffe. Charter, one of the nation's largest cable...
  • ASEAN Signs Landmark Charter That Seeks to Integrate Region

    11/20/2007 11:12:23 AM PST · by BGHater · 78+ views
    VOA ^ | 20 Nov 2007 | VOA News
    Southeast Asian leaders have adopted a landmark charter that seeks to integrate the region even as a contentious debate about human rights in Burma poisoned the atmosphere of the meeting. Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed the charter at a ceremony Tuesday in Singapore, which gives ASEAN legal identity for international negotiations, and sets out common rules for talks on trade, investment, environment and other fields. It also calls for the establishment of a human rights agency, but that agency lacks any mechanism for enforcing human rights standards. The charter still needs to be approved by...
  • Asean agrees on landmark charter (Assoc. of SE Asian Nations).

    07/30/2007 2:48:29 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 8 replies · 328+ views
    BBC ^ | July 30, 2007. | Michael Barker
    Asean members hope to adopt the charter formally later this year Ministers from South-East Asian countries have reached agreement on a landmark draft charter. The document gives the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) a set of binding rules for the first time in the bloc's 40-year existence. The agreement comes after nearly two years of deliberations among members. It includes a contentious provision to set up a commission monitoring human rights in the region - despite strong misgivings from some Asean countries. Credibility boost With governments in the region running the gamut from fully-fledged democracies to a military...
  • Newspaper says suspected cheating common at charter schools

    06/05/2007 10:13:12 PM PDT · by bd476 · 11 replies · 587+ views
    Newspaper says suspected cheating common at charter schools AUSTIN — Suspected cheating on the state's standardized test is particularly prevalent at the state's charter schools, according to an analysis of test scores by The Dallas Morning News. The study flagged answer sheets from classrooms that had many more answers in common than experts say would happen by chance. In the top 50 most egregious cases of likely cheating, 37 of them took place in charter schools, which make up only 2 percent of the state's campuses. One charter school, Jesse Jackson Academy in Houston, was home to the most...
  • Public charter schools - separate and unequal

    06/05/2007 6:47:03 PM PDT · by bd476 · 6 replies · 608+ views
    The Record and North Jersey.com ^ | June 4, 2007 | By MARY JO MCKINLEY
    Public charter schools - separate and unequal Monday, June 4, 2007 By MARY JO MCKINLEY The state must do much more to ensure that thorough and efficient isn't an empty promise. CHARTER SCHOOLS are closing the achievement gap among New Jersey's poor urban schoolchildren, yet they continue to be treated as second-class citizens when it comes to receiving state education funding at levels enjoyed by other elementary and secondary schools. A new report by the Education Law Center supports this troubling conclusion. Charter schools in New Jersey predominantly serve students in the state's most at-risk Abbott districts, the report...