Nationally, Stanford University reported that online schools have an "overwhelming negative impact," showing severe shortfalls in reading and math achievement. The shortfall for most cyber students, they said, was equal to losing 72 days of learning in reading and 180 days in math during the typical 180-day school year. In math it is as if they did not go to school at all. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, a charter advocacy group based in Washington, said the findings were so troubling that the report should be "a call to action for authorizers and policymakers."
A major development of recent years has been the explosive growth of online learning in K–12 education. Sometimes it takes the form of “blended learning,” with students receiving a mix of online and face-to-face instruction. Students may also learn via web-based resources like the Khan Academy, or by enrolling in distance-learning “independent study” courses. In addition, an increasing number of pupils are taking the plunge into fully online schools: In 2015, an estimated 275,000 students enrolled in full-time virtual charter schools across twenty-five states. The Internet has obviously opened a new frontier of instructional possibilities. Much less certain is whether such opportunities are actually improving achievement, especially for the types of students who enroll in virtual schools. In Enrollment and Achievement in Ohio’s Virtual Charter Schools, we at Fordham examined this issue using data from our home state of Ohio, where online charter schools (“e-schools”) are a rapidly growing segment of K–12 education. Today they enroll more than thirty-five thousand students, one of the country’s largest populations of full-time online students. Ohio e-school enrollment has grown 60 percent over the last four years, a rate greater than any other type of public school. But even since they launched, e-schools have received negative press for their poor academic performance, high attrition rates, and questionable capacity to educate the types of students who choose them. It’s clearly a sector that needs attention.
on August 16, 2016 at 5:23 PMEASTON — At 5 years of age, Khadidja Issa fled the heat and civil war of Sudan with her family. She spent the next decade of her life in a Chadian refugee camp before eventually emigrating to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in September of 2015. "We came to get a better education," she told a federal court here on Tuesday. But a lawsuit filed against Lancaster's public school district by Issa and 5 fellow refugee students claims district officials there denied her that opportunity, systematically stalling and stymieing enrollment for older refugee students like them, or placing them into an inferior alternative school described by their attorneys as an educational "dead-end." The class action suit is one of a handful of similar suits filed against school districts in other U.S. states in recent years as a wave of global instability drives new waves of immigration to The West.
FOX 5's Marina Marraco reports. By: fox5dc.com staff POSTED:AUG 15 2016 07:47PM EDT UPDATED:AUG 16 2016 12:47AM EDT
Philly’s 7th Ward Blog BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI AUGUST 10, 2016
Sharif El-Mekki is the principal of Mastery Charter School–Shoemaker Campus, a neighborhood public charter school in Philadelphia that serves 750 students in grades 7-12. From 2013-2015, he was one of three principal ambassador fellows working on issues of education policy and practice with U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan
REGISTER NOW for the 2016 PA Principals Association State Conference, October 30 - November 1, at the The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.
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Featuring Three National Keynote Speakers: Eric Sheninger, Jill Jackson & Salome Thomas-EL
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The Star-Spangled Banner will be sung by school children nationwide on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:00am PST and 1:00pm EST. Students will learn about the words and meaning of the flag and sing the first stanza. This will be the third annual simultaneous sing-a-long event created by the APEF-9/12 Generation Project. The project aims to bring students together – as the world came together – on September 12, 2001.