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October 31, 2003

IALA Annual Conference

The International Association for Learning Alternatives will hold its annual conference in conjunction with the Michigan Alternative Education Association conference April 28-May1, 2004 at Crystal Mountain resort, Thompsonville, MI near Traverse City, MI. Ask for the Michigan Alternative Education Association rate of $90 per night. The Traverse City airport, Cherry Capital, is served by American, Northwest, United and Skyway airlines. The conference will begin Wednesday, April 28 with a 7:00 p.m. reception and end on Saturday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m.

This is a departure from the summertime for the annual conference. Mark your calendars. More information to follow.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 04:55 PM

October 21, 2003

Evaluating New Schools

A new report by Ted Kolderie is a real breakthrough on the topic of a fair and balanced approach to evaluating new schools. Though the title of the report, Evaluating Chartering, addresses charter schools, its points pertain to evaluating all types of alternatives. The report is from a thoughtful organization, Education Evolving. The report is brief and well-worth reading.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 11:17 AM

October 10, 2003

National Charter Schools Conference

The 5th national charter schools conference will be in Miami, June 16-18, 2004 at the Fontainebleau Hilton sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Check the site. Questions can be directed to Dean Kern, dean.kern@ed.gov. Information on previous conferences is also available.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 02:43 PM

October 01, 2003

New School Choice Report

School Choice 2003: How States Are Providing Greater Opportunity In Education is a new 297 page report on Choices in the U.S. by the Heritage Foundation. It includes a splendid map of the kinds of choices in each state, discussions of vouchers, home schooling, charter schools, open enrollment with the major part, a state by state analysis. Also included is a glossary and a list of national organizations that support school choice. The report can be downloaded as a pdf file.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 05:03 PM