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  • Failing Charter Public Schools Are Shut Down; Conventional Public Schools Remain Open

    07/16/2014 5:33:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/15/2014 | Tom Gantert
    There are 51 schools that have been in the bottom 5 percent of the Michigan Department of Education's Top-to-Bottom rankings three years in a row. Of those 51 schools, four were charter public schools and three of those four were closed. Meanwhile, the conventional public schools on the list remain open. "Charter schools have traditionally been the only public schools that have been held accountable for their performance," said Michigan Association of Public School Academies President Dan Quisenberry. "If they fail their students, they're closed down. That's never happened with a traditional public school, ever. What we need is this...
  • In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good

    05/29/2014 9:52:46 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2014 | Lyndsey Layton
    [SNIP]...With the start of the next school year, the Recovery School District will be the first in the country made up completely of public charter schools, a milestone for New Orleans and a grand experiment in urban education for the nation.
  • (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 movements 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...
  • Union Ignores Socioeconomic Status In Claiming Public Charter School is 'Failing'

    06/24/2013 8:38:26 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/21/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Cesar Chavez Academy in southwest Detroit received an "A" on the Mackinac Center for Public Policys high school report card and was the second-highest rated high school in the state. The Center For Michigan rated the charter school as the 65th best in the state out of 560 traditional public school districts and charter public schools. It had Detroit Public Schools ranked 493rd overall. Yet this month, the Michigan Education Association used a study to claim Cesar Chavez Academy is failing and should not be allowed to expand. How is there such a discrepancy? The study the MEA trumpets was...
  • School Board Chooses To Demolish Building Rather Than Sell to Charter Group

    05/07/2013 12:36:01 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/4/2013 | Michael Van Beek
    School boards are sometimes held as shining examples of democracy at its finest where constituents and childrens best interests are truly represented. This is in contrast to the simplistic narrative of what happens in Lansing and Washington, D.C., where rich lobbyists and power-hungry politicians rule the day. A recent story from a mid-sized Michigan school district, however, demonstrates that even at the local level, political self-interest can and does drive decision-making. The Oakland Press reported that the board of the Brandon School District decided to demolish a vacant school to prevent a local group of residents from buying the...
  • Hateful school play mocking Bible & religion with blatant homosexual themes.

    03/13/2013 1:37:03 PM PDT · by massmike · 47 replies
    http://massresistance.com ^ | 03/13/2013 | n/a
    The depths of depravity into which school officials are actively leading kids seem to have no bounds. This weekend a charter public school in South Hadley, Massachusetts is presenting a play that is so depraved and offensive that it's already gotten national attention. The school is performing the play, "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told," by Paul Rudnick. It's billed as a "comedy." But it's described by many as "blasphemous and hateful." The play retells stories from the Bible using homosexual characters in a pornographic and mocking fashion. The play begins with a retelling of Genesis using a homosexual couple,...
  • Charter Public Schools Give Detroit Schoolchildren Hope

    02/15/2013 7:48:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/12/2013 | Tom Gantert
    On a National Assessment of Educational Progress test given to urban students a few years ago, Detroit Public Schools students scored the lowest ever measured in the nation. Or, in the words of one urban education expert: "They are barely above what one would expect simply by chance, as if the kids simply guessed at the answers." But thanks to school choice, there may finally be hope. Detroit school children are learning at a rate of an extra three months in school a year when in charter public schools compared to similar counterparts in conventional Detroit Public Schools, according to...
  • Hip-hop charter school students caught in the lurch as their school is shut down

    09/10/2011 7:01:08 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 25 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | September 10, 2011 | Betsy Hammond
    Students and parents eagerly awaiting opening day Monday at Portland's new recording arts-centered charter high school expressed astonishment Friday that the school has been shut down. Sisters Gabby and Maya Vertner were ready to start their junior and freshman years at REAL Prep Charter Academy, whose personalized, hands-on philosophy was just what their mother, Patty, thought they needed. An open house at the school's Pearl District location two weeks ago kindled that feeling, with nothing seeming amiss. So they were among dozens of students shocked Friday to learn the hip-hop-themed school is dead, felled by its planners' failure to have...
  • A K-8 school by day, adult club by night?

    09/02/2011 1:51:35 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 16 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 9/2/11 | Kathleen McGrory
    By day, the Balere Language Academy is an A-rated charter school, home to children in kindergarten through middle school. But when the kids are tucked into bed, Balere 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 (SNIP) The school district received complaints from parents who wondered why there were empty beer bottles at their childs school. They also complained about a lingering smell of smoke...
  • Two former officials of Philly charter school indicted

    04/15/2011 8:04:21 AM PDT · by freespirited · 5 replies
    Phila Inquirer ^ | 04/14/11 | Martha Woodall
    A federal grand jury has indicted two former top officials at a charter school in Northwest Philadelphia on charges of stealing $522,000 in taxpayer funds. The 27-count indictment charges Hugh C. Clark, 64, and Ina M. Walker, 58, with conspiracy, wire fraud, and theft from a federally funded program, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced Thursday. The pair, both from Philadelphia, allegedly used the money slated for New Media charter school to pay expenses at Lotus Academy, a small private school they controlled; to fund personal businesses, including the Black Olive health-food store and the Black Olive restaurant in Mount...
  • Hillsdale College Launches Charter School Initiative

    05/18/2010 6:40:48 PM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 26 replies · 662+ views
    Hillsdale College ^ | 5/18/10 | Hillsdale College
    Hillsdale College Launches Charter School Initiative Hillsdale, Mich. Hillsdale College announced today it has launched a K-12 charter school initiative to have a positive and lasting effect on the education of young Americans. The school will be based on a classical liberal arts model and will have a strong civics component that will equip students to understand and defend the principles of the American Constitution. Reform of American public education, to be successful and good, must be built on a foundation of classical liberal arts learning, said Phil Kilgore, Director of Hillsdale Colleges Barney Charter School Initiative. This is...
  • More Than Choice

    05/06/2010 9:32:17 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 72+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 6, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    More than Choice Bethany Stotts, May 6, 2010 At a recent book forum at the American Enterprise Institute, AEI scholar Frederick Hess argued that education reform should move beyond whole-school conceptions of school choice and focus on the dynamics of supply. Now, like I just said previously, opening new schools is only one part of the solution but theyre a useful part of the solution and theyre an important part of the solution but choice doesnt tell you anything about whats gonna happen to the supply, said Hess, discussing his new book Education Unbound: The Promise and Practice of Greenfield...
  • Utah charter school once accused of having ties to terrorism shut down by state ( Fethullah Glen )

    05/02/2010 10:11:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 423+ views
    Deseret News ^ | May 2, 2010 | Elizabeth Stuart
    For the first time since the charter school movement began, the Utah State Charter School Board moved Thursday to shut down an operational school. The vote to revoke the Beehive Science & Technology charter, a state contract that grants the independently run school public education dollars, was unanimous. Beehive's troubles came to the board's attention in July 2009, when a former board member accused the school of having clandestine ties to a controversial Turkish Muslim preacher. Fethullah Glen, who doesn't recognize al-Qaida as a terrorist organization, was exiled from Turkey in 1998 for reportedly working to overthrow the secular government....
  • Obama School Proposed

    12/28/2009 8:48:14 PM PST · by umgud · 40 replies · 816+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/28/09 | JORGE BARRIENTOS
    The Kern High School District on Wednesday morning will hold a public hearing and consider a petition for a new charter school named after the nation's president. The Barack H. Obama Leadership Academy aims to teach disadvantaged, at-risk teenagers and at the same time provide mental health services and substance abuse treatment, according to the petition. The school board may vote on Wednesday to approve or deny the charter's petition. The district would not comment on the petition pending the hearing and board discussion.
  • Were All Right-Wing Bastards Now (NEA says)

    11/25/2009 3:48:24 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 1,190+ views
    City Journal ^ | 11/20/09 | LARRY SAND
    LARRY SAND Were All Right-Wing Bastards Now that is, if the NEAs logic is to be believed. 20 November 2009 On the last day of the National Education Associations convention this summer, its outgoing general counsel, Bob Chanin, gave a speech for the ages. After sharing fond recollections of his 41 years as the NEAs top lawyer, he switched gears and started lobbing grenades at conservative and right-wing bastards, including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. The NEA and its affiliates, by contrast, were the nations leading advocates for public education and the type of liberal social and...
  • CUNY's got math problem: Report shows many freshmen from city HS fail at basic algebra

    11/12/2009 10:45:24 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies · 2,175+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | November 12th 2009 | Joel Schectman and Rachel Monahan
    More city kids are graduating from high school, but that doesn't mean they can do college math. Basic algebra involving fractions and decimals stumped a group of City University of New York freshmen - suggesting city schools aren't preparing them... "These results are shocking," ... "They show that a disturbing proportion of New York City high school graduates lack basic skills." During their first math class at one of CUNY's four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn't solve a simple algebra problem... Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal. The lack of math skills means the...
  • TiZA is for Trouble

    09/03/2009 7:57:15 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 337+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 3, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    TiZA is for Trouble by: Bethany Stotts, September 03, 2009 This August, Minnesota Department of Education [MDOE] officials said they will be investigating the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academys use of state lease aid grants. The charter school has been paying rent to Muslim religious organizations. Chas Anderson, deputy commissioner of MDOE told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the inquiry was sparked by a January American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, reported Tony Kennedy on August 29. TiZA spokesman Darin Broton said the school will cooperate, but he accused officials of conducting a politically motivated investigation, he wrote. [Broton] said the department...
  • Governor Signs House and Senate (Charter School) Bills (Palin Ping! - No.4 - May 16, 2009)

    05/15/2009 11:29:17 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 12 replies · 686+ views
    Office of Governor Palin ^ | May 16, 2009 | Office of Governor Palin
    Governor Signs House and Senate Bills House Bill 137 and Senate Bill 57 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 09-120 Governor Palin Signs House and Senate Bills May 15, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin today signed two bills into law that will provide a grace period for charter schools experiencing decreased enrollment and authorize the state to enroll in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. It is so important Alaskas parents have opportunities to choose what's best for their childrens education, Governor Palin said. I appreciate the hard work of all the legislators who spearheaded these bills...
  • Obama's Tired of Being in the White House

    02/05/2009 4:24:42 PM PST · by yankeedame · 42 replies · 1,810+ views
    LGF ^ | Feb 3, 2009
    Obama's Tired of Being in the White House Tue, Feb 3, 2009 Hes only been there for two weeks, but already Barack Obama is tired of being in the White House.Probably the first President in history to utter those words. WASHINGTON (AP) - On the rockiest day of his young administration, President Barack Obama did what surely made him happy for a while. He left. With little notice, the president and first lady Michelle Obama bolted the gated compound of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in their tank of a limousine on Tuesday. They ended up at a Washington public school, greeted...
  • Obama Makes Surprise Trip to Read to Children--OBAMA: "...tired of being in the White House."

    02/03/2009 7:20:03 PM PST · by Syncro · 142 replies · 4,662+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Feb 3, 2009 | Staff
    Obama Makes Surprise Trip to Read to Children Updated 3:44 p.m.By Michael D. Shear and Hamil HarrisAs a sense of crisis engulfed his White House Tuesday with the withdrawal of former senator Tom Daschle as HHS Secretary-nominee, President Obama made an unannounced trip to a school to read to kids.His motorcade was seen heading north on 15th Street, and local sources soon reported he was at The Capital City Public Charter School. There was no mention of a trip on the schedule sent out to reporters the previous day.At the school, the president and Michelle Obama read to a group...
  • Black Charters at Risk of Closure

    01/08/2009 1:59:42 AM PST · by ComputerGuy · 5 replies · 388+ views
    The Raleigh news and Observer ^ | 8 Jan 2008 | T. Keung Hui
    In a scene that's becoming frustratingly familiar to supporters of predominantly black charter schools, two Raleigh charters are in danger of being closed by the state.
  • Storm brewing between state officials and Muslim school

    09/10/2008 8:58:15 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 25 replies · 218+ views
    Minneapolis (Red) Star Tribune ^ | 9-10-08 | katherine kersten
    Last week, Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA) and the Minnesota Department of Education appeared to reach an understanding in the controversy over whether Islam is being promoted at this public school. But behind the scenes, a storm may be brewing. TiZA officials have "taken a confrontational road" in discussions with the department, according to Deputy MDE Commissioner Chas Anderson, the department's No. 2 official. Anderson says that the two sides have not yet reached an agreement on one key issue and that MDE will be closely monitoring TiZA's performance in future months.
  • A madrassa grows in Minnesota, at taxpayers' expense

    06/14/2008 3:53:35 PM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies · 172+ views
    Powerline ^ | 6/14/2008 | Scott Johnson
    The Muslim American Society is a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood, out of which the genocidal terrorist group Hamas emerged. The Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society has been the source of local controversies involving the purported observance of Sharia in public facilities such as taxis based at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society also houses a Minnesota charter school in the Twin Cities suburb Inver Grover Heights. The school is Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy -- named for the Muslim general who conquered medieval Spain. As a charter school, Minnesota taxpayers...
  • Minn. Review: Charter School Doesn't Teach Islam

    05/20/2008 7:37:17 AM PDT · by kellynla · 14 replies · 199+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | Mon May 19, 10:56 PM ET | GREGG AAMOT
    The curriculum at a charter school catering to Muslims complies with federal and state law, the state Education Department said Monday but it directed other changes be made in religious areas. The state said Tarik ibn Zayad Academy should change its busing schedule and its handling of Friday prayer services. The shorter prayer services on other days were found to be acceptable, but not the 30-minute service on school grounds on Muslim's holy day. The department said bus rides home should be available right after school ends; currently students must wait until after a voluntary after-school religious program. State law...
  • Are taxpayers footing bill for Islamic school in Minnesota?

    03/08/2008 4:58:24 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 28 replies · 1,433+ views
    startribune.com ^ | 03/08/08 | KATHERINE KERSTEN
    Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) -- named for the Muslim general who conquered medieval Spain -- is a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights. Its approximately 300 students are mostly the children of low-income Muslim immigrant families, many of them Somalis. The school is in huge demand, with a waiting list of 1,500. Last fall, it opened a second campus in Blaine. TIZA uses the language of culture rather than religion to describe its program in public documents. According to its mission statement, the school "recognizes and appreciates the traditions, histories, civilizations and accomplishments of the eastern world (Africa,...
  • Success of charter school stirs up debate

    10/08/2006 2:07:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 591+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/8/6 | Eric Louie
    When Livermore school district budget cuts closed two popular, high-performing elementaries in 2004, parents created the Livermore Valley Charter School, joining a growing group of institutions that use public funds but operate independently of local school districts.The recently released state Academic Performance Index, ranking schools based on standardized tests, shows that the charter school scored highly during its inaugural year -- among Livermore's 11 public elementaries, its scores were second-highest in 2005-06."It's the programs," said Principal Tina Morris. "They're getting a private school-quality education in a public school."But critics say the school tests well because it has attracted mostly high-...
  • Exploding the Charter School Myth

    08/27/2006 10:29:48 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 31 replies · 1,251+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 27, 2006 | NY Times
    <p>A federal study showing that fourth graders in charter schools score worse in reading and math than their public school counterparts should cause some soul-searching in Congress.</p> <p>Too many lawmakers seem to believe that the only thing wrong with American education is the public school system, and that converting lagging schools to charter schools would cause them to magically improve.</p>
  • Virtual School Provides Alternative To Home School

    07/13/2006 4:22:00 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 79 replies · 735+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 13 JULY 2006 | CBS
    Chicago Virtual Charter School Allows Students To Complete 20 Percent Of Schoolwork Online (CBS) CHICAGO -- Starting this fall, some Chicago kids will be able to go to school without leaving home. CBS 2s Joanie Lum reports on the citys new virtual school, one that will meet online most of the time. Tina Hawkins plans to spend five hours a day, five days a week with her 10-year-old son Ray, supervising his schoolwork. Before the Chicago Virtual Charter School became available, she had planned to home school her child. "With this, you have a teacher to support you, grade papers...
  • Defending Academia Sinsemillas II

    06/23/2006 6:37:53 AM PDT · by connell · 2 replies · 289+ views
    Illegal immigration, racism, education, Democrats and their creation of the KKK... Clark Baker ties it all together in this short smackdown of a local Los Angeles moonbat: Annie and I disagree about the merits of Academia Semillas del Pueblo, LAUSDs deliberate attempt to discredit the charter school movement by granting a charter to racist and incompetent administrators. In our latest exchange, Annie exposes herself for the moonbat she is. ANNIE: You cannot compare a KKK school to Academia Semillas del Pueblo. The Klan is NOT about white pride, it's about hatred of other races. That's completely different. Unless you believe...
  • 'No excuses' attitude propels charter school to TAKS excellence (great story)

    06/17/2006 2:05:37 PM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 34 replies · 548+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | Saturday, June 17, 2006 | JOE GULICK
    The 100-percent passing rate of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests this year by the Rise Academy's third- through sixth-graders was a great result by any standard. However, considering that 95 percent of the charter school's students are economically disadvantaged, the test performances were phenomenal. Rise Academy founder and director Rick Baumgartner said the school finished this year with 166 students in pre-school through sixth grade. The 46 of them in third through sixth grade passed all of their TAKS tests, and 92 percent of them scored on the commended level on at least one of the tests....
  • Propagada from the California Charter School Association and Academia Semilla del Pueblo(BARF ALERT)

    06/12/2006 9:35:50 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 19 replies · 1,226+ views
    California Charter School of America | June 7,2006 | Gary Larson
    Guys this is a propaganda piece from the California Charter Schools Association in support of Marcus Aguilar and his school. It was released on June 7, 2006 and it flew under the radar. Since I like taking news that have been thrown in the garbage, I thought I would share it with you. What is interesting is the press release are filled with lies and it tries to promote Mr. Aguilar and the make up of the school itself. This "press release also tries to blame us(even though it does not name us) for the dissiminating bad information and inflammantory...
  • Charter School Fighting Back

    06/09/2006 10:04:15 AM PDT · by LNewman · 45 replies · 1,096+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 9, 2006 | Carla Rivera
    As Academia Semillas del Pueblo holds an open house, supporters deny criticism that the campus promotes a separatist agenda. Academia Semillas del Pueblo, a charter elementary school in El Sereno, held an open house Thursday, ... and defended the school against charges that it was teaching a separatist racial agenda and was lagging in student achievement. Controversy surrounding Semillas del Pueblo exploded on talk radio and the conservative Internet blogosphere last week after assertions were made that the school enrolled only Latinos and was instructing students in Nahuatl, a native language of Mexico. ... The district, which approved the school's...
  • CA: District clears charter school catering to Mexican students - Academia Semillas del Pueblo

    06/05/2006 8:28:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,308+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/5/06 | Oskar Garcia - ap
    Responding to allegations of discrimination, the school district has concluded that an elementary school catering to students of Mexican descent is following its charter, officials said Monday. The district sent observers after Sandy Wells, a reporter working for KABC-AM, was allegedly assaulted outside the school Thursday by a man who demanded his audio tape. Station officials said Wells was also followed as he drove away. Police are investigating the incident. "They have followed the charter that they wrote originally," said Kevin Reed, chief legal counsel for the district. "What we care about is that the curriculum is inclusive and not...
  • Larry Elder interviewing reporter Sandy Wells right now

    06/01/2006 5:02:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies · 1,358+ views
    Listen hereReporter Assaulted After Interview And Loses TapeWND Article The reporter is also scheduled to appear on O'Reilly tonight.
  • Hard Line, Top School (Charter school success story)

    12/16/2005 9:10:04 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 18 replies · 533+ views
    S.F. Chronicle ^ | 12/16/05 | Simone Sebastian
    At the end of the American Indian Public Charter School's front hall hangs a sign quoting French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant: "There's never any talent without a little stain of madness." It's an appropriate motto for this small but controversial Oakland middle school. What happens inside its walls has been called miraculous by supporters. Critics call it scandalous.
  • School board in Georgia approves state's first dual-language public K-5 school

    11/08/2005 1:01:10 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 43 replies · 838+ views
    signonsandiego.comcom ^ | November 8, 2005 | AP
    JONESBORO, Ga. A school board has voted to open a public elementary school where students will be taught to be equally proficient in English and Spanish by fifth grade. Unidos Dual Language Charter School, which is scheduled to open next fall, is believed to be the first of its kind in the state. It won't target the immigrant community by teaching English as a second language, but aims to teach both languages together to classes equally divided between English- and Spanish-native speakers. "They're able to learn a language in very natural ways," said DeeAnn Dozier, the Clayton County schools...
  • An Offer They Could Refuse (Why Detroit teachers' unions spurned a $200 million donation)

    09/26/2005 6:36:36 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 35 replies · 1,243+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 3, 2005 | Henry Payne
    DetroitROBERT THOMPSON wanted to give away $200 million to help children escape some of America's worst public schools. But for three years the successful businessman turned education philanthropist suffered the wrath of Michigan's Democratic establishment for his politically incorrect charter-school proposal. Then finally in August, Thompson found an ally willing to accept his charity. The nonprofit Skillman Foundation will join him in creating the first of 15 planned charter high schools in Detroit. The schools' goal is a "90/90 system"--that is, a graduation rate of 90 percent (up from the city's current 50 percent) and a college admission rate of...
  • A do-it-ourselves shelter shines

    09/07/2005 1:16:03 AM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 11 replies · 786+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 09/07/05 | Kelly Brewington
    When their homes began to sink in Katrina's floodwaters, elders in the quarter here known as Uptown gathered their neighbors to seek refuge at the Samuel J. Green Charter School, the local toughs included. But when the thugs started vandalizing the place - wielding guns and breaking into vending machines - Vance Anthion put them out, literally tossing them into the fetid waters. Anthion stayed awake at night after that, protecting the inhabitants of the school from looters or worse. "They know me," he said. "If a man come up in here, we take care of him." In the week...
  • Thompson charter offer to City of Detroit renewed

    Philanthropist and ex-paving mogul Bob Thompson has renewed his offer to donate $200 million to the City of Detroit to create 15 charter schools, all of which must have a 90% graduation rate. The first time he offered, the meltdown between Governor Jennifer Granholm, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and the Michigan legislature prompted him to disgustedly withdraw the offer. This time, he has timed his offer against the school board elections, thus allowing the local media to pressure candidates into a sensible position on the issue.
  • A chartered triumph

    06/08/2005 8:56:15 AM PDT · by strategofr · 2 replies · 338+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | Amy Doolittle and Keyonna Summers
    Lawrence Chambers ... was among 18 seniors yesterday who had been more likely to quit school than graduate. Lawrence was also part of the 80-student freshman class from Ward 8 public schools and the impoverished Anacostia and Congress Heights neighborhoods that had only fifth- or sixth-grade reading skills. At the end of the first year, 41 students were kept behind because they did not meet the 10th-grade requirements... Although more students were held back in the next three years and others dropped out after finding the rigorous academic program too difficult, all 18 seniors have been accepted to colleges... The...
  • An Apple for Miss Jenna? Bush Eyes Washington Teaching Job

    12/15/2004 5:56:11 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 33 replies · 1,475+ views
    Waashington Post ^ | Dec 15, 2004 | Richard Leiby
    First daughter Jenna Bush, who put her career plans on hold while campaigning to reelect her father, has decided to live in Washington and plans to teach at a District public school that serves low-income children. The White House would not release details yesterday, but we've learned that she has applied to teach at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in the Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights neighborhood. The school's founder and executive director, Linda Moore, wouldn't confirm Bush's employment, saying: "We don't discuss the relationship between a prospective employee and the school until we have a formal agreement. This...
  • Washington Education Association (WEA): Choice without charters

    09/29/2004 4:17:46 PM PDT · by truth49 · 6 replies · 213+ views
    WEA ^ | 9-29-04 | staff
    When kindergartners and first-graders start their day at John Stanford International School, they are greeted either with "hola" or "konichiwa" as "hello." But it doesn't stop there. They spend half their day learning Spanish with Maria Buceta-Miller, or learning Japanese with Mihoko Tsang, studying math, reading and writing entirely in one of those languages. The foreign language to most of the students in class, however, isn't a learning block. Instead, the immersion language program is one of the beauties of this north Seattle school, described as the first public elementary in Washington with an international focus. The Stanford school is...
  • Big picture doesn't justify charter-school foes' glee

    08/19/2004 6:42:21 AM PDT · by Homo_homini_lupus · 11 replies · 449+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 19, 2004 | Collin Levey
    Not since the golden age of "Looney Tunes" has bad news been met with such hand-rubbing glee. This week, the American Federation of Teachers informed the media that students in some charter schools across the country were actually underperforming their peers in regular public schools. In a "gotcha" moment, the group announced it had culled the results from numbers "buried" in data released by the U.S. Education Department numbers that had gone largely unnoticed. [snip] The [NAEP] data in question this week tested a sample of students in seven states. But there are now some 3,000 charter schools educating...
  • Off to college; the wrong blacks; racism first

    07/09/2004 5:59:47 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 1 replies · 399+ views
    JWR ^ | 7/9/04 | Joanne Jacobs
    Downtown College Prep, a mostly Mexican-American charter school in San Jose, Calif., has graduated its first class. The school has closed the college preparation gap for Hispanic students, reports the San Jose Mercury News. All the graduates are going to four-year colleges. Most DCP students are three or more years behind when they start ninth grade. School leaders and teachers work hard to create a school culture that values academic achievement. Because the school is small, it's easier to create personal relationships with students and parents. As a charter school, DCP's leaders can determine their mission and their budget priorities...
  • Pastor arrested in fraud scheme at charter school

    07/02/2004 9:37:55 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 21 replies · 622+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 2, 2004 | HARVEY RICE
    July 2, 2004, 12:46AM Pastor arrested in fraud scheme Among four accused of misappropriating charter school funds By HARVEY RICE Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle A pastor who ran a Houston charter school once said to exemplify charter school problems was arrested Thursday along with three family members on charges of misappropriating $3 million in state and federal education funds. The Rev. Harold W. Wilcox, former head of the now-defunct Prepared Table charter school and pastor of the Greater Progressive Baptist Church, and three relatives were arrested at their homes. FBI agenst transport Louvicy Wilcox 51, to the federal courthouse The...
  • Board tells future school: Remove religion from lessons or lose charter

    04/09/2004 7:17:11 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 7 replies · 268+ views
    Board tells future school: Remove religion from lessons or lose charter Transcendental Meditation, Natural Law fuel controversy CRISTINA BREEN BOLLING Staff Writer A controversial Cabarrus County charter school that plans to teach Transcendental Meditation and Natural Law Curriculum when it opens this fall must remove all religion from its curriculum or lose its charter. That was the message Thursday from the N.C. Charter School Advisory Board to the leaders of the Carolina International School. The school has been challenged in recent months by local residents who believe its so-called Natural Law Curriculum and emphasis on meditation are rooted in...
  • State says flier about charter school is inaccurate, improper

    12/17/2003 4:27:52 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 4 replies · 201+ views
    The Salem News ^ | Wednesday, December 17, 2003 | By TOM DALTON
    SALEM - A flier the School Department sent home to parents about the new Salem Academy Charter School was "entirely inappropriate" and had claims that were untrue, according to the Massachusetts Department of Education. Several top state education officials reviewed the flier, which was printed by the Salem Public Schools and warned parents about signing up for the new public charter school that will open here in September. "It is not illegal to (send out the flier), but it is improper and entirely inappropriate," said Heidi Perlman, a state education spokeswoman who conferred with the department's general counsel, Rhoda Schneider....
  • Voyager Charter School Plans To Appeal GV's Denial

    02/22/2003 1:17:37 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 6 replies · 278+ views
    CountyPressOnline ^ | 02/20/2003 | Matt Hasson
    Voyager Charter School Plans To Appeal GV's Denial By Matt Hasson 02/20/2003Voyager Charter School officials plan to appeal the Garnet Valley School Board's denial of their application, founder and Chief Operating Officer Mark Shay said, Feb. 11. Shay did not indicate when Voyager intends to file an appeal. The school board, Feb. 10, voted unanimously to deny the application, basing its decision on what is called gaps and inconsistencies in the proposal. The board held a charter school hearing on Dec. 2 and Jan. 14.
  • Muslim Charter School Controversy - WHY ON EARTH DOES REPORTER OMIT MUSLIM CONNECTION?!

    11/08/2002 8:53:59 AM PST · by Saundra Duffy · 41 replies · 436+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | November 8, 2002 | Lesli A. Maxwell
    <p>Public school districts and state education officials are failing to monitor the academic success and financial health of California's charter schools, state Auditor Elaine Howle said in a report released Thursday.</p> <p>The inch-thick report on the taxpayer-funded alternative schools also found that some public school districts may be collecting fees from charter schools they sponsor without using the money to hire and train staff members to conduct oversight.</p>