One on One with Diane Ravitch

Yesterday, I debated Diane Ravitch on New York 1’s Inside City Hall. Watch it for yourself, but I have to say there is a Moby Dick quality to her obsession with charter schools. While Professor Ravitch has every right to try to engage in a public renunciation of her former…

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What the Charter Bill Does (Pt. 1): Raising the Cap and Killing Zombies

After the New York State Senate voted to approve S.7678, a compromise charter school bill that Charter Center supported, it’s worth reviewing what’s actually in the legislation. So here's the first in a series of explanatory posts. For an overview of the bill, read the Charter Center's support memo here.…

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Leadership in Albany

Kudos to the John Sampson and the NY State Senator for approving a solid charter schools bill by a vote of 45-15. It's an important step forward.Charter school advocates are looking forward to working with Speaker Silver and the Assembly in the days and weeks ahead, to help charter schools…

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James Merriman on Perkins Hearing

"As I sat through the hearing waiting to testify, I found myself in an odd position. I've always been a firm believer in oversight, regulation, transparency, and accountability for charter schools. As a charter school authorizer for seven years, I built a regulatory regimen that has been praised nationwide. "So…

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Duncan: Listen to Parents

"When parents recognize which schools are failing to educate their children, they will demand more effective options for their kids. They won't care whether they are charters, non-charters or some other model. As President Barack Obama has called for, states should eliminate restrictions that limit the growth of excellent charter…

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KIPP Teachers Reconsider Union

Teachers at KIPP AMP are using their voice to part ways with the UFT. (Not linking yet, due to privacy concerns.)In happier times, the “union of professionals” called them “a great group of courageous, intelligent educators determined to do the best by their students and their school.”I have a feeling…

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