A Milestone

New York State's Race to the Top application was delivered to USDOE officials in Washington today, fresh off the Legislature’s passage of a cap lift bill that makes a host of amendments to the state Charter Schools Law.†With a few days of holiday rest and reflection between Friday’s frenzy and…

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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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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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