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July 30, 2004

Free Books on School Change

The U.S. Dept. of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement is publishing 3 new booklets this fall:
"Successful Magnet Schools" (September 2004),
"Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification"(October 2004)
"Alternative Routes to School Leadership" (November 2004)
For free copies, call Cynthia Dorfman, 202-205-5560, or email: Cynthia.Dorfman@ed.gov. These public domain booklets can be freely used by anyone. They are part of a 6 booklet series: Innovations in Education.


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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 01:29 PM

July 11, 2004

Enemies Sharpen Resistance to Charter Schools

During 2003-04, 3,000 charter schools (independent public schools) served 700,000 students in the U.S. The movement started in 1991 with the first charter statute in Minnesota. Enrollment increased 40% between 1999 and 2003. Now 41 states and DC have charter laws. Clearly, this threatens the established system and it's fighting back. For example, the Massachusetts Legislature voted a freeze on more charter schools. Governor Romney vetoed the bill. Washington (state) enacted a new charter law but it's suspended pending a statewide referendum this November. Another tactic is to try for anti-charter candidates.

Much is being written about charter schools which generally have enjoyed bi-partisan support. The official government supportedsource contains a wealth of information including an email newsletter about this significant movement.

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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 02:27 PM

100 New School Choices in Chicago

Mayor Daley, who has been in charge of the Chicago Public Schools since 1995, announced plans to create 100 new small, mostly secondary schools. 1/3 will be charter schools, 1/3 will be contract schools and 1/3 will be reorganized existing schools. This means 2/3 of the new schools will be outside district control. The district has raised 1/2 of the $100 million for start-up expenses. The effort aims at changing urban education on an unprecedented scale by bypassing the forces of status quo that typically impede change in school districts.


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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 02:02 PM

July 08, 2004

New Study on At-Risk Alternatives

The Urban Institute has published a comprehensive, thoughtful study, Educational Alternatives for Vulnerable Youth: Student Needs, Program Types, and Research Directions by Laudan Y. Aron, Janine M. Zweig. The study touches on general alternatives but the major focus is on programs for at-risk youth and the enormous expansion in recent years. This is a useful piece with much data for those wishing a landscape view of at-risk programs. Many additional research questions are listed.

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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 01:56 PM