Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Public school ads target cyber schools

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Atlanta Journal Constitution
OPINION 11:29 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2011
APS cheating scandal reflects U.S. Trend
By Robert A. Schaeffer 
The Atlanta cheating scandal is likely the largest in scope in U.S. history in terms of the number of people implicated. But it is hardly an isolated incident.
For more than two decades, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), has tracked reports of cheating from across the nation. The number of cases has exploded in recent years, with new reports nearly every week.
In the past few months, improper test score manipulation have been uncovered in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and many smaller communities.

Public school ads target cyber schools
July 12, 2011
By Russ O'Reilly ( , The Altoona Mirror
In the wake of a state budget that eliminates reimbursements to school districts for student enrollment in cyber schools outside of their districts, public school officials are planning a campaign to re-attract the students they've lost.
Television advertisements, sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Public School Coalition and the PA. Association for Rural and Small Schools, will air before the start of the next school year.
"Public schools are a choice," said Spring Cove Superintendent Rodney Green, who hopes the ads not only attract students to classrooms, but also increase awareness of cyber education offered by local districts.

Central Pennsylvania Public School Coalition

Public education leaders from Clinton, Clearfield and Centre counties have joined ranks to launch a public campaign aimed at educating and mobilizing the public about the successes of public education. The new coalition, which represents administrators, teachers, parents and union leaders in Central Intermediate Unit 10, kicked off in March, and includes a media campaign and grassroots campaign in the 10 school districts in the IU's area.

What Works: How to improve summer school?  To save programs and money, and improve results, what changes should be made?

Look to the Charter Schools

New York Times, Room For Debate, Updated July 10, 2011, 07:00 PM
Pedro Noguera, a sociologist, is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. He is also executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and serves on the State University of New York Board of Trustees.
One of the major advantages that the best charter schools have over traditional public schools is that they can offer a longer school day and school year. While many middle-class families are able to afford summer camps and a variety of after-school programs for their children, poor families typically cannot. Differences in learning time and in access to enrichment activities that support child development, contribute to the disparities in academic outcomes that we now refer to as the achievement gap.

Corbett: Suffering school districts have themselves to blame

Governor says they shouldn't have counted on once-and-gone stimulus money.

10:57 p.m. EDT, July 12, 2011
LANCASTER— — Pennsylvania school districts that have slashed their teaching staffs in response to cuts in state funding should take a look in the mirror, Gov. Tom Corbett suggested Tuesday.

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