Thursday, July 21, 2011

Four day series on central PA charter schools

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Last updated: July 19, 2011 11:46 a.m.

School voucher surrender

Karen Francisco | 
Ed Eiler, superintendent of Lafayette School Corp., is a plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging Indiana's new school voucher program. An "unabashed supporter of public education," he knows a lot about it as he winds up a 35-year career in the field. One thing he knows is that resources make a difference when you're fighting a war.

Centre Daily Times – 4 Day Charter School Series

8:00am on Jul 17, 2011; Modified: 8:05am on Jul 20, 2011
Centre County was home to some of the state's first charter schools. Today, it has four brick-and-mortar charters. Only three counties — Philadelphia, Allegheny and Chester — have more.
For four months, the Centre Daily Times has been examining the impact those schools in this area, both on the quality of education and the cost. Reporter Ed Mahon interviewed more than 60 people, including lawmakers, education experts, parents, students, and teachers from both charter schools and traditional public schools.
He visited classrooms and conducted analyses of state data to determine how Centre County's charter school population compares to that of other counties, and examined the influence charter schools have had upon education in Centre County.

Confronting the Inequality Juggernaut: A Q&A With Jonathan Kozol

 Anthony Cody   | 
Jonathan Kozol has been a tireless advocate for civil rights in education for the past five decades. His book, Savage Inequalities, was a call to conscience for the nation. He will be among the speakers at the Save Our Schools March and Rally in Washington, DC, on Saturday, July 30th. I asked him to explain his reasons for marching this summer. 

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader July 18 
Studies show cyber schools not making grade

Just four of the 11 schools met the standard set by the state.

By Terrie Morgan-Besecker
Every school district in Luzerne County reached a key state benchmark that measures school performance in the 2009-10 school year, but the news was not nearly as good for the 11 charter cyber schools operating in Pennsylvania.

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