Author Archives: USCharterSchools

Has the charter school movement gone awry? A new book says yes, and it’s causing a stir

Checker Finn, the former president of the Fordham Institute, a right-of-center education think tank, has caught “the same disease that befell Diane Ravitch,” the school choice advocate-turned-reform-critic.

Teachers Union Adopts New, Anti-Charter School Policy

If the teachers unions in America disappeared overnight public education would be the better for it. These unions have been the single greatest obstacle to improving education, particularly for the most disadvantaged kids.

Why vouchers are struggling to boost student achievement | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Fordham Institute is becoming just another “frenemy” of choice and charters.

Teachers’ union considers hard line on charter schools

Teachers’ unions still at war on the issue of parental choice.

Slover: Remembering Mitchell Chester, the ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of U.S. Education Policy | The 74

Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” In that vein, it makes sense that my first conversation with Mitchell Chester was about assessments.

It was 2000. He was the assessment and accountability director in Philadelphia, and I was a young policy analyst at Achieve, after four years as a high school teacher. Achieve had been floating a crazy idea to build common state expectations coupled with a common test that could simultaneously signal the extent to which students were ready for high school math and allow for comparisons across states and drive improvements at the system level.

Source: Slover: Remembering Mitchell Chester, the ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of U.S. Education Policy | The 74

What’s Next for This Darling of Charter School Funders?

Success Academy, the 2017 winner of the Broad Prize for Charter Schools, plans to step up its college readiness programs, roll out a digital platform to share its curriculum and pedagogy, and expand its network even further.

For the first time, a D.C. charter school has voted to create a teachers union

Teachers and staff at a D.C. charter school voted Thursday to unionize, the first time a charter in the District has taken such a step.

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