Wednesday, January 11, 2012
NCLB: The Death Star of American Education
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Charter schools, which receive public money but are subject to fewer state regulations, are operating in 40 states. A growing body of research shows that charter schools generally perform no better than traditional schools and are often worse as measured by student test data. This is particularly true of online charter schools, which educate more than 200,000 full-time students and are spreading quickly across the country.
The need for closer scrutiny of these schools by state officials is underscored in a report published last week by the National Education Policy Center, a research center at the
of Colorado in . The study found that only 27 percent
of privately managed online schools achieved adequate yearly progress on
standardized tests, as defined by the federal government, in the 2010 school
year as opposed to 52 percent of privately managed brick-and-mortar charter
I know you are touring schools in
and soaking up lessons for us as you travel. Since you have Internet access,
I'd like to share some thoughts about a momentous occasion: the 10th
anniversary of No Child Left Behind, which occurred on January 8. Japan
After 10 years of NCLB, we should have seen dramatic progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but we have not. By now, we should be able to point to sharp reductions of the achievement gaps between children of different racial and ethnic groups and children from different income groups, but we cannot. As I said in a recent speech, many children continue to be left behind, and we know who those children are: They are the same children who were left behind 10 years ago.
In my travels over the past two years, I have seen the wreckage caused by NCLB. It has become the Death Star of American education. It is a law that inflicts damage on students, teachers, schools, and communities.
No easy answers to financial woes of
Chester Upland schools
By Dan Hardy Inquirer Staff Writer, Posted: Wed,
out. Chester Upland
It is now open for classes only so long as its creditors remain patient and its employees are willing to forgo pay.
The district's biweekly payroll last Wednesday was the last one it could meet; it will not be able to pay its employees next week. And Chester Upland is already millions in debt to vendors and the state, with only about $100,000 left in the bank.
So, if the schools are closed, what would happen to the district's 3,700 students?
Education law experts say there is no precedent and no clear answer for how the children would receive an education.
Jan. 10, 2012,
The latest meltdown in the Chester Upland school system is a sweeping indictment of the State Department of Education, which has allowed the
County district to persistently remain
one of the worst in . Pennsylvania
EPLC Education Notebook
January 10, 2012
By Pocono Record Writer,
January 10, 2012
Larger class sizes, staff reductions, eliminating elective courses for students or a wage concession are possible remedies to close a projected $9.8 million deficit in the
budget, said Business Manager Don Jennings. Stroudsburg Area School District
The district has a projected shortfall of about $4.8 million in the proposed preliminary budget introduced Wednesday night at the school board work session meeting.
would allow for tax increase Somerset
school board passed a preliminary $34.8 million budget Monday evening and left
the door open for tax increases above the Act 1 index. Somerset
Reading Eagle Press by Becca Gregg,
That would boost the annual tax tab for a home assessed at $100,000 to $2,260 from $2,200.
Reading Eagle by Kate Wilcox,
proposed 2012-13 budget currently contains a deficit of $405,253, Business
Manager Stuart C. Whiteleather announced at Monday night's school board
Projected revenues are based on a 0.56-mill increase. That is the maximum increase allowed under state Act 1 index without seeking exceptions and would bring the total tax to 26.02 mills, or $2,602 on a property assessed at $100,000.
11:06 a.m. EST, January 10, 2012
Statewide cuts to education funding have
officials seeking ways to make up a
shortfall in reimbursements for the district's charter school students. Northern
Co-director of business affairs Rhonda Frantz stated at Monday night's school board meeting that because Gov. Corbett's budget provides no reimbursement for the 38 district students who currently attend charter schools,
Lehigh would face a $327,000 gap in charter reimbursement for the
To address the funding crunch, Superintendent Michael Michaels said that he along with other superintendents from districts in Carbon and Lehigh counties have been meeting to discuss alternatives.
11:22 p.m. EST, January 9, 2012
The Bethlehem Area District plans to watch the academic and financial performances of local charter schools through a newly created evaluation tool.
Jack Silva, the district's chief academic officer, presented a four-step plan to the school board's Curriculum Committee that for the first time will give the district written guidelines on how to review charter facilities, student records, teacher evaluation forms, technology plans and financial documents.
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