U.S. News ranks America’s top public high schools — and for the first time, charters dominate Top 10
U.S. News and World Report has released its 2017 rankings of America’s public high schools, and for the first time ever, the majority of the schools in the top 10 are charters. BASIS Scottsdale, BASIS Tucson North, and BASIS Oro Valley — all Arizona public charter schools in the BASIS network — placed one, two, and three atop...
By Kate Stringer | April 26, 2017
Just in: AltSchool hires away CA Superintendent of the Year for massive nationwide expansion
AltSchool, a four-year-old network of independent schools, has a dream of growing so that millions of students nationwide can use its personalized learning technology — and it’s starting by adding five executives from charter schools, public school districts, and the tech sector to its team, it announced Thursday morning. “This is a big moment for...
By Kate Stringer | April 6, 2017
Friedrichs 2.0: New lawsuit by 8 teachers challenges mandatory dues paid to California union
The lawyers who challenged union fees in the high-stakes Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case have filed a new lawsuit in hopes of achieving a decisive Supreme Court victory — a result denied to them last year when a tie vote left mandatory dues in place. The Center for Individual Rights filed Yohn v. California Teachers Association on Monday. The...
By Kate Stringer | February 9, 2017
Washington state charter school supporters, opponents look ahead to a critical year
The latest fight over the constitutionality of charter schools in Washington state may not be resolved until 2018, meaning the parents, advocates and educators fighting to save the schools and the teachers union and other groups suing to close them could face a long year of legal wrangling. There have already been some skirmishes — rulings...
By Kate Stringer | December 14, 2016
Summer melt: Why are hundreds of thousands of freshmen dropping out of college before day one?
It’s not uncommon to hear high school teachers compare the college admissions process to a race: There are hurdles, baton passes, the final stretch. But being accepted does not mean a student has crossed the finish line. In fact, the most challenging part of the process can actually come long after the cheers and oversize acceptance...
By Kate Stringer | September 16, 2016
California sprints to the head of the class on sex education, as all students this year will be taught about consent
He sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. But Stanford student Brock Turner received a mere six-month prison sentence for his “20 minutes of action,” because anything longer would have had “a severe impact on him,” the judge in the case decided. The story, which generated enormous outrage after the young woman’s powerful victim...
By Kate Stringer | August 8, 2016
College counselors on the front lines for low-income students
High school counselors can be the secret weapon in winning admissions for first-generation college applicants.
By Kate Stringer | February 10, 2016