Commentary: Communities must hold school boards, authorizers accountable to ensure quality education
By James L. Woodworth The ultimate goal for an education system is to enable individuals to become happy, engaged, productive members of society. Unfortunately, at this time, measuring happiness, productivity, and civil contribution of individuals is difficult. Tracing those measurements back to the schools attended by an individual is practically impossible. Thus, researchers and other...
By Guest Contributors | August 17, 2017 3:56 pm
New charter high school prepares LA students for film and TV careers
*UPDATED Charis Holloman walked onto the campus of his new school Tuesday and didn’t even look back to say goodbye to his parents. “He’s excited,” Suzette Holloman said of her son’s independence as he started ninth-grade. Teachers and school staff greeted students with applause, cheers, handshakes, and fist bumps as they arrived for the first...
By Sarah Favot | August 15, 2017 4:23 pm
Summit charter schools launch nation’s first teacher residency program for personalized learning
A network of charter schools in Northern California this month will launch the nation’s first teacher residency program focused on personalized learning. Twenty-four teachers-in-training will be part of Summit Public Schools’ first Summit Learning Residency Program, which will train teachers to lead students in a personalized learning classroom setting, a hallmark of the Summit model....
By Sarah Favot | August 7, 2017 7:36 am
Emilio Pack — Not all college degrees are created equal: How STEM Prep is preparing its high schoolers for the 21st-Century economy
By Emilio Pack The new goal charter networks have adopted — boosting the college graduation rate for their alumni — is a wise one. It’s definitely time to move past the short-sighted goal of only ensuring they win admittance into a college. But in rushing to meet this new goal, it’s easy to overlook an awkward...
By Guest contributor | August 2, 2017 1:29 pm
When charters and traditional schools share a building, all students improve: A new study finds 7 reasons why
By Beth Hawkins Few education policy battles have burned as hot as debate over the practice of requiring traditional public schools to share under-used space with charter schools. Co-location, as the practice is called, is often cited as damaging to students in mainline district schools. But groundbreaking new research from Temple University Assistant Professor Sarah Cordes finds that at...
By Guest contributor | August 1, 2017 4:00 pm
Exclusive: Data show charter school students graduating from college at three to five times national average
About a decade ago, 15 years into the public charter school movement, a few of the nation’s top charter networks quietly upped the ante on their own strategic goals. No longer was it sufficient to keep students “on track” to college. Nor was it enough to enroll 100 percent of your graduates in colleges. What...
By Richard Whitmire | July 27, 2017 2:04 pm