Paranoia Will Destroy Ya

The other day I pointed out that NYSUT’s righteous concern for ELL education is harder to awaken in the absence of an anti-charter angle. I cited the example of the ELL crisis in the Buffalo City School District.I never mentioned the UFT, but the city union replied anyway.†Leo Casey says…

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What the Charter Bill Does (Pt. 4): Helping English Language Learners

This is the fourth post about what’s actually in the much-discussed New York State charter schools bill (S.7678/A.10928). Read about the raising the cap in Pt. 1, improving transparency in Pt. 2, and providing special education in Pt. 3. As momentum builds for, as supporter Bill Clinton put it, "lifting…

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Another Must-Read from Steven Brill

NYC charter schools? Race to the Top? Retrograde unions? In the New York Times Magazine, Steven Brill explains it all. As in his devastating and influential piece on rubber rooms, Brill lays out the facts and puts the defenders of the status quo on the spot. Here's hoping this article…

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Waiting for a Cap Lift: Outward Bound

Who wants to open new charter schools, anyway? Not who you might think from the anti-charter rhetoric. This week the Charter Center is profiling prospective charter schools, just a few of the dozens of school planning teams hoping not to be shut out by the impending cap on charter schools.…

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“Awesome” Video of Duncan’s Visit

I had the privilege of joining Education Secretary Arne Duncan this afternoon during a visit to Kings Collegiate Charter School. It’s a terrific school in Brownsville, Brooklyn that, as the Secretary pointed out, is one of the best middle schools in the state. He asked a class of fifth graders…

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Buffalo Fails ELLs, and the Silence is Deafening

Today’s story in the Buffalo News on the Buffalo City School District’s treatment of English Language Learners is instructive of the double standard that NYSUT and others employ when it comes to charter schools and conventionally managed district schools.† Here are some quotes from a report by the Council of…

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Waiting for a Cap Lift

Experienced educators? Check.Innovative plans? Check.Neighborhood roots? Check.Actual charter? Well, keep your fingers crossed.That’s all you can do, even if your school would expand the services of a venerable youth services organization like The Door. This week the Charter Center is profiling prospective charter schools, just a few of the dozens…

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And Then There Were Twelve

The SUNY Board of Trustees voted today to approve six new charter school applications, leaving SUNY only 12 more charters to issue. SUNY is the only charter school authorizer with spots left under the statewide cap, and it has already received 22 applications. (There are still dozens more applications in…

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What the Charter Bill Does (Pt. 3): Meeting Students’ Special Needs

This is the third post about what’s actually in the much-discussed New York State charter schools bill (S.7678/A.10928). Read about the raising the cap in Pt. 1 and improving transparency in Pt. 2.Do charter schools enroll too few students who require special education (SpEd) services? Over at Gotham Schools today,…

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Assem. Lopez: Want Great Schools and $700 Million? Raise the Cap.

Appearing on Good Day New York yesterday, Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D - Brooklyn) talked about his reasons for supporting the charter schools bill that recently passed in the Senate.† "The status quo hasn't worked. There has to be some creativity.... Parents in my district are actually moving out of my…

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