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Jeff Bernstein

Outside interests were working behind the scenes to reconstitute school board - Connect... - 0 views

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    A consultant for a Greenwich billionaire interested in education reform was advocating behind the scenes for charter changes that would give the mayor control of the Bridgeport school board at the same time that local and city officials were also looking to reconstitute the board, email correspondence released to Hearst Connecticut Newspapers revealed.
Jeff Bernstein

Teacher certification, private-school testing concerns raised over school choice bills - 0 views

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    Tax dollars soon could go to schools where teachers aren't required to be certified and where students aren't required to take the same standardized tests as public school counterparts.
Jeff Bernstein

Test scores show momentum for charters - D.C. Schools Insider - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    The school-by-school 2011 DC CAS data released Tuesday tell a more revealing story than the aggregate numbers reported last month. Those figures showed DCPS elementary scores remaining essentially flat, with public charter schools producing modest but notable gains.
Jeff Bernstein

AFT Criticized for Parent-Trigger Presentation - Teacher Beat - Education Week - 0 views

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    The American Federation of Teachers has landed in a bit of hot water over a presentation, given by a regional affiliate lobbyist at its recent TEACH professional-development conference, that details how the Connecticut chapter "diffused" a "parent trigger" legislative proposal in that state.
Jeff Bernstein

Tilson vs. Rubinstein Round I | Gary Rubinstein's TFA Blog - 0 views

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    One problem in the current ed reform debate is that there is not enough genuine debating.  Really, there's no communication at all between the two sides who I see as the 'corporate reformers' (Duncan, Klein, Rhee, and even Kopp) and the 'realistic reformers' (Ravitch, Cody, Valerie Strauss, and others including me).  Without direct communication all you have is New York Times OpEds and press conferences where each side says what they want, but are never challenged, directly, to defend what they say.
Jeff Bernstein

The anti-chancellor: Scott Stringer's education-board appointee objects to Dennis Walco... - 0 views

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    During a hearing in June, as the city's Panel for Educational Policy prepared to move on a plan to "co-locate" 22 charter schools in public-school buildings, most of the audience knew what would happen: Parents would yell, teachers would plead and union members would attack the Bloomberg administration. And then, after hours of testimony in the tightly packed auditorium of a Prospect Heights high school, the plan would pass as expected.
Jeff Bernstein

Charter schools want more money from CPS - chicagotribune.com - 0 views

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    Charter school advocates are asking Chicago Public Schools to give more money to charter schools in the coming school year.
Jeff Bernstein

Already? Charter school students head back to school | WBEZ - 0 views

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    A WBEZ analysis of 2010 test scores showed longer school days and longer school years common at charter schools do not necessarily guarantee better test scores.
Jeff Bernstein

Charter schools score big on maintenance funding - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com - 0 views

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    Gov. Rick Scott and the state Legislature do an outstanding job of talking a good game about improving education in Florida. Too bad the lofty talk isn't backed up by action.

    The latest slap toward Florida's traditional public schools, following drastic budget cuts earlier this year, is the report that charter schools will receive all of the state cash - $55 million - budgeted this year for school construction and maintenance. None of that money - not a nickel - will go to traditional public schools for additions, or needed repair to aging buildings.
Jeff Bernstein

If the School Fits: Who's Pounding the Drum? | Re:education in Baltimore - 0 views

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    Baltimore City is a case study in the push for school choice. In November 2004, with the benefit of pro bono services from global lawyering giant DLA Piper, the founders of City Neighbors Public Charter School succeeded in an effort to eliminate the cap on the number of new charter schools that could open here. By 2005-06, there were 12; by 2007-08, 22. Now there are 34 of about 200. Next year, there will be more. With only 15 schools making Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011, no one can claim that the reforms of the past few years are doing much good. But right now, the school choice story isn't about quality. It's about quantity.
Jeff Bernstein

For-Profit Charter Schools - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week - 0 views

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    Reformers are convinced they can create a network of charter schools that can provide a quality education and in the process post a nice profit. They've been able to sell their idea to investors who sense an opportunity to do good and to do well at the same time.

    But the evidence to date shows they are wrong. The latest involves two marquee-names: Tom Vander Ark, who handed out more than $1.6 billion from the Gates Foundation between 1999 and 2006, and Chris Whittle, whose Edison Schools were supposed to revolutionize public education. The track record of both men serves as a cautionary tale at this crossroads in educational history.
Jeff Bernstein

Chester E. Finn, Jr.: Is the charter-school movement stuck in a rut? - 0 views

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    As the U.S. charter fleet sails past the 5,000-school and two-decade markers, there is reason to worry that it's getting complacent, unimaginative, and self-interested.

Jeff Bernstein

Creating Sound Policy for Digital Learning - 0 views

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    Will the move toward virtual and "hybrid" schools in American education repeat the mistakes of the charter-school movement, or will it learn from them?
Jeff Bernstein

Success Charter Network has been just that for Eva Moskowitz but not for public schools - 0 views

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    Talk about inflating demand for your product.

    The Success Charter Network, a chain of charter schools headed by former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, spent an astonishing $1.6million in the 2009-2010 school year just for publicity and recruitment of new students, the group's most recent financial reports show.

    The network spent more on publicity and recruitment that year than it did in the previous two years.

    In 2009-2010, the seven schools operated by the Success network admitted 1,200 new students. That means Moskowitz spent about $1,300 on marketing for every new enrollee.
Jeff Bernstein

Can't go to the SOS March? Here's what you can do instead! « Parents Across A... - 0 views

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    Thousands of people will be converging on Washington, DC this week to speak out in support of our schools at the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action.
Jeff Bernstein

California lawmakers craft stricter standards for charter schools - San Jose Mercury News - 0 views

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    State lawmakers want charter schools to rev up academic performance and follow stricter guidelines for financial oversight and meeting diversity standards.
Jeff Bernstein

Following the Charter Dollars - News & Announcements - 0 views

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    Who benefits financially from the pro-market charter school movement?
Jeff Bernstein

NYC Public School Parents: Our charter school co-location lawsuit - 0 views

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    New York City Parents File Lawsuit Against Separate and Unequal Charter Co-locations and Illegal Free Rent and Services to Charter Schools
Jeff Bernstein

New York wins big in federal charter school grant - NYPOST.com - 0 views

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    Cash-strapped New York state is receiving a $113 million federal windfall to help create new charter schools and spread the most effective practices at existing ones, officials announced yesterday.
Jeff Bernstein

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: UC study: 50% teacher turnover rate in L.A. charters - 0 views

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    L.A. Times reports that abound half of all  teachers in charter middle and high schools left their jobs each year over a six-year period studied by UC Berkeley researchers, who released their findings last week.

    Why such an incredibly rate of attrition?
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