For several years now local school board races around the country have attracted big money from outside the state — and sometimes from across the country — as school reformers and their supporters seek to elect like-minded public officials. In 2013, for example, millions of dollars were spent on school board races in Los Angeles and in 2012, outsiders poured money into a New Orleans school board race. The following post looks at what is going in a Minnesota school board race . It was written Minneapolis-based writer and former teacher Sarah Lahm, published by In These Times, and reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund with support from the Puffin Foundation.Read full article >>
In Hinsdale, Illinois, the school board has been negotiating with the teachers union on a new contract but things have not gone well. In fact, some members of the community in the Chicago suburb felt that the negotiators for the conservative board were trying to bust the union — an idea that seems to have been reinforced by the following advertisement placed in the Daily Herald [bold face in the ad is mine] after it was feared that the teachers might strike:Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board is considering a policy that would give the children of charter school employees preference in the city’s enrollment lottery.
The measure, which would give children a far better chance of getting into the charter schools where their parents work, is meant to bring the charter board’s policies in line with a law that the D.C. Council approved this past spring. That law is aimed at helping the city’s charter schools recruit and retain employees.Read full article >>
Montgomery County school leaders asked state officials Wednesday for a two-year delay in requiring that Maryland high school students pass new standardized tests in order to graduate.
The new tests, based on the national Common Core State Standards, are viewed as a more rigorous replacement for the High School Assessments, or HSAs, which Maryland has used since 2005 to test learning in Algebra 1, English 10, biology and government.Read full article >>
Syndicated columnist George Will has been uninvited to speak at Scripps College for women as part of a series intended to bring conservative voices to the campus in California because of his op-ed published in The Washington Post about sexual assault that was slammed by critics who accused him of attacking the victims.Read full article >>
Anybody paying attention to school reform in recent years knows the power that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has wielded with its ability to play a leading role in driving the reform agenda by distributing mountains of cash to every sector of the education world. Veteran educator Anthony Cody has been questioning the role of the foundation on a blog, Living in Dialogue, that he wrote for some time on Education Week, and now as an independent Web site. He even engaged in a discussion with the foundation about its role in school reform. Now Cody has written a book titled, “The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges Bill Gates,” in which he explores the foundation’s influence on education issues and whether that has been good or bad for the public school system.Read full article >>
Enrollment is up in both D.C. charter and traditional public schools this year, according to unofficial numbers released this week by officials from the D.C. Public Charter School Board and D.C. Public Schools.Read full article >>