Charter schools receive $5,721 less per student than district schools, new research finds
From Camden, New Jersey, to Los Angeles, funding for charter schools continues to lag behind that of traditional public schools in many cities by an average of $5,721 per student, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Arkansas. The university’s Department of Education Reform on Wednesday released “Charter School Funding: Inequity...
By Naomi Nix | May 12, 2017
Professor’s Q&A: Why more black families are homeschooling their kids
For decades, stereotypical homeschoolers have been white Christian families seeking to mix their children’s education with moral values. But in recent years, the demographics of homeschool families and the reasons they are choosing to teach their kids at home have grown more diverse. These days, homeschool parents are more likely to cite a negative school...
By Naomi Nix | April 10, 2017
DACA, immigrant questions ducked by attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions at confirmation hearing
Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions maintained his opposition Tuesday to a federal program that grants temporary legal status to undocumented youth, but he repeatedly dodged questions about what to do with the hundreds of thousands of young people already enrolled in the program. Responding a question from Sen. Lindsey Graham during his confirmation hearing before the Senate...
By Naomi Nix | January 10, 2017
DACA supporters fear what Attorney General Jeff Sessions would mean for immigrant youth
If there was any question whether President-elect Donald Trump would make a U-turn on his immigration agenda after the election, it was quickly answered with this month’s announcement that he was tapping Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) to be attorney general. For years, Sessions has led the charge in Congress to curb, repeal, and resist efforts...
By Naomi Nix | November 30, 2016
As NAACP votes for charter moratorium, school families rallied in protest
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People reiterated its opposition to charter schools Saturday when its board of directors ratified a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion until more oversight is established. The board’s vote followed months of intense pressure to reject the proposal from other black education advocates, who...
By Naomi Nix | October 17, 2016
California NAACP proposes moratorium on new public charter schools, sparking backlash from other civil rights advocates
The NAACP may soon have one message for state governments and others looking to expand charter schools in urban communities: don’t. During its 2016 National Convention last month, the group’s delegates passed a resolution that reaffirmed the association’s opposition to spending public money on charter schools but went a step further by calling for a...
By Naomi Nix | August 4, 2016
Flashback: The first time Hillary Clinton was tested as a public school supporter
The year was 1993. President Bill Clinton had just beat Republican incumbent George H. Bush and the first family was facing an early political test: Where would they send Chelsea Clinton, their 12-year-old daughter and only child, to school? On the campaign trail, Bill Clinton had portrayed himself as an ardent supporter of public education. He...
By Naomi Nix | July 28, 2016
How do you monitor homeschooling parents? Welcome to the Wild West of education regulation
When school district administrators call parents at home it can often lead to tension-filled conversations. But in the case of Laura and Michael McIntyre, it led to criminal charges and a lawsuit. In 2004, the McIntyres decided to take their nine children out of private school and homeschool them in an empty space inside a...
By Naomi Nix | May 20, 2016
Villaraigosa on why he opposes Friedrichs, his take on charter expansion
Two and a half years ago, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa left his office steering the nation’s second-largest city with a legacy of pushing the kind of changes in the school system that education reformers relish. Trying to make good on a campaign promise to fix the city’s schools, he fought the teachers union in...
By Naomi Nix | February 1, 2016