Charter Schools

For many families choosing high schools, it’s either magnet or charter

By thenotebook by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks Chrislie Dor, a budding poet at age 14, stands like Frost’s narrator at a fork in the road. The paths diverge not in a yellow wood, but instead the concrete jungle that is Philadelphia public education. Looking down one bend as far as she can, Chrislie sees the School District’s selective-admission magnet high schools. Looking down the othe... »

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Apartheid Still Exists in Some U.S. Schools

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Apartheid Still Exists in Some U.S. Schools

This is part of a series of letters written by practicing teaching professionals in classrooms around America. These teachers have daily direct contact with schoolchildren. K12NN is proud to present Letters to President Obama. Letters were delivered to President Obama as part of an overall conviction by many teachers that federal education policies, as currently implemented, are not benefiting pub... »

“Turnarounds” At Two Los Angeles Unified Schools Prompt Deeper Questions Over Practitioner Center Schools

“Turnarounds” At Two Los Angeles Unified Schools Prompt Deeper Questions Over Practitioner Center Schools

Who and what are Practitioner Center Schools, and what is 24th Street Elementary School like now that PCS is the Education Management Organization (EMO) operating it? Los Angeles Unified is no longer in charge of this public charter, or is it? Unusual procedures for transformation of two Los Angeles public schools under California’s “parent trigger” law differ from in-district tr... »

Protected: Live in LAUSD? Sign the SPARCs Petition In Support of the Lorena Resolution

Protected: Live in LAUSD? Sign the SPARCs Petition In Support of the Lorena Resolution

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Et tu, 5-2? (LAUSD School Board Meeting, August 20, 2013)

Special to K12NN from Karen Wolfe. Karen is an LAUSD parent leader and activist in support of public schools. While corporate education reformers take every opportunity during this week’s anniversary of the March on Washington to co-opt civil rights rhetoric, I was fortunate to bear witness as Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, the feisty, African American septuagenarian on LAUSD’s board out-did any s... »

August 20, 2013 LAUSD School Board Meeting Notes

August 20, 2013 LAUSD School Board Meeting Notes

By Karen Wolfe, LAUSD parent leader. Special to K12NN Parent Watch: Some notes on yesterday’s LA School Board happenings Parent representatives met with the Mayor’s office last week to express our concerns about the appointment of Melendez de Santa Ana. We pointed out that her political views and policy agenda conflict with the parents’ agenda, the voters’ mandate (both the... »

Over jeers and shouts, SRC suspends parts of school code

Over jeers and shouts, SRC suspends parts of school code

By Dale Mezzacappa Entering the overflowing room to a chorus of boos, struggling to be heard above the derisive shouts of hundreds of teachers, students and parents, the School Reform Commission voted Thursday to suspend parts of the Pennsylvania School Code. Image: …read more Source: The Notebook        Related articles SRC Votes To Suspend School Code, Bypassing Union Seniority Rules ... »

Chicago reporters. An endangered species. Not dead yet, but on life-support.

Chicago reporters. An endangered species. Not dead yet, but on life-support.

By Fred Klonsky There was a time when Chicago investigative reporters were the envy of cities across the country. This was even before Woodward and Bernstein. Now there are just a few who even deserve the title. Ben Joravsky on the corrupt use and misuse of TIF money. Sarah Karp at Catalyst. She blew the cover on the $20 million dollar no-bid principal training contract. Linda Lutton at BEZ. And a... »