These 3 California school networks are models for new Gates Foundation investments in education
Of the $1.7 billion that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to public education over the next five years, the majority will go toward supporting innovations within schools that have joined together in collaborative networks. Philanthropist Bill Gates made the announcement in Cleveland Thursday afternoon during his keynote speech at the Council of...
By Kate Stringer | October 19, 2017
Q&A with Alexis Morin on Students for Education Reform, youth power, and achieving educational justice
Four years ago, a group of college students from across Los Angeles gathered in a coffee shop to share stories. Some of them were difficult to hear: what it felt like to take remedial classes, to be talked down to by a professor, to be the first person in their neighborhood or family to attend...
By Kate Stringer | September 22, 2017
ESSA reviewers call out California’s plan as weak on identifying low-performing students and schools
California owes the U.S. Department of Education an ESSA plan on Sept. 18, but the current draft doesn’t do enough to identify low-performing students and schools, according to a recent independent review. Out of nine criteria, Bellwether Education Partners gave the state’s plan for complying with the new federal accountability law six low scores. Proposals for...
By Kate Stringer | August 29, 2017
New rankings: Most & least educated cities, a tale of two Californias
An annual ranking of America’s most and least educated places reveals a true split in California when it comes to educational equity, with six cities scoring in the top 10 and six cities scoring at the very bottom. San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara, taken together, scored third while the area encompassing San Francisco, Oakland,...
By Kate Stringer | July 25, 2017
Meet the 3 new education advocates to be inducted into the national Charter School Hall of Fame
Three charter school advocates — Greg Richmond of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Caprice Young of Magnolia Public Schools, and Malcolm “Mike” Peabody of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools — have been chosen as this year’s inductees to the Charter School Hall of Fame, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced...
By Kate Stringer | May 5, 2017
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