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 9:16 am
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 9:14 am
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 7:28 am
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 8:40 am
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 10:19 am
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 10:50 am