Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Phila.'s New Media charter school contends it's not a public school

Phila.'s New Media charter school contends it's not a public school
By Martha Woodall Inquirer Staff Writer, Posted on Sat, Jul. 2, 2011
A Philadelphia charter school fighting a unionizing effort is trying to break legal ground by contending that it is not a public school - even though it's funded entirely by taxpayers.
The move by New Media Technology Charter School, which receives more than $5 million in public money annually to educate 450 students, is drawn from the playbook of a charter in Chicago that is part of a controversial network of Turkish-run charter schools.

Bill would use student performance to rate teachers
By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer, Posted on Tue, Jul. 5, 2011
The Corbett administration wants to change how public school teachers are rated.
Specifically, it wants standardized test scores to be a large measure of how educators are judged when it comes to whether they keep their jobs, and, eventually, whether they receive tenure or merit pay.

New Race to Top Stresses Pre-K Tests, Early Ed. Program Ratings

Education Week Politics K-12 Blog By Michele McNeil on July 1, 2011
To win a grant in the U.S. Department of Education's new Race to the Top competition for early-childhood education aid, states will have to develop rating systems for their programs, craft appropriate standards and tests for young children, and set clear expectations for what teachers should know.  That's according to the proposed rules released today by the Obama administration that will govern the $500 million competition, which was made possible by the fiscal 2011 budget deal Congress passed in April.

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 06/26/2011

Numbers that private schools fear

Washington Post Class Struggle Blog By Jay Mathews
About 10 percent of American children attend private schools. That portion is somewhat larger for Washington area children, and even larger, I would guess, for students whose parents read The Post.  So whenever I put out my annual Challenge Index rankings of high schools, national and local, many readers ask why I don't include private schools. It is a good question that reveals surprising differences not only between private and public schools, but also among private schools

PSBA seeking school directors for NSBA grassroots advocacy program
The National School Boards Association is inviting school directors to join the Federal Relations Network, its grassroots advocacy program that brings local board members on the front line of pending education-related issues before Congress.

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