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
Exclusive: Charter co-locations across multiple school campuses are down by more than half, but LAUSD process still lacks transparency
LAUSD charter schools on multiple sites have gone down. The number of LA Unified charter schools that will be splitting their classrooms across two or more traditional school campuses will drop by more than half this fall. According to district data provided to LA School Report, 63 independent charter schools will share space at 74...
By Mike Szymanski | July 10, 2017 8:12 am
LAUSD to charter schools: You’re not allowed in our new unified enrollment system
* UPDATED LA Unified is going to get its first phase of a unified enrollment system, but board members held up authorizing the cash for it until they added a stipulation that specifically excludes independent charter schools for at least two years. After a long and animated discussion at Tuesday’s meeting, the board — which...
By Mike Szymanski | June 14, 2017 2:24 pm
Pair of honors for KIPP LA: 2 teachers named national award-winners, and CREDO study cites learning gains
High academic expectations and an “alive” and engaged classroom with lots of student-teacher interaction are some of the hallmarks of Joshua Martinez’s East Los Angeles class, where he has taught fourth-grade for the last five years. Martínez has been named one of four winners of the 2017 Fishman Prize for his “superlative classroom practice” at...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 13, 2017 4:25 pm