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September 23, 2005

High School Redesign

High school reform focuses on new designs, funding by foundations,High Schools graphic.jpg new schools (in contrast to changing existing schools) and the voice of students (gasp) about their schools. The Annenberg Institute for School Reform gives this topic attention in the latest issue of Voices in Urban Education (VUE) with such articles as:

*Redesigning High School: Whole Systems That Work for All Students

*Portfolios of Schools: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

*Students as Co-constructors of the Learning Experience and Environment: Youth Engagement and High School Reform

*Reinventing High School Accountability: Authenticity, Pressure, and Support

The Annenberg Institute also has a great resource in Tools for School Improvement Planning.

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September 14, 2005

National Charter Schools Conference

Online registration for the 2006 National Charter Schools NAPCS.jpg Conference has begun. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is hosting the conference in Sacramento, California from February 28 to March 3, 2006. The event will be held in partnership with the 13th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, hosted by the California Charter Schools Association. Participants can save 15% by registering between now and October 31. All early bird registrants will be entered into a drawing to receive one complimentary registration and three complimentary hotel nights. Virtual attendance will be available for sessions and chats with speakers. Access the conference website to register and to make hotel reservations. For general conference information, email conference@charterassociation.org or call 213-244-1446 x.201.

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September 10, 2005

A New Type of High School

Recommendations for middle colleges or the more recent term, early college high schools, appear with regularity nowadays. Such programs combine high school with college so that a student earns a two year degree Laboratory.jpg simultaneously with a high school diploma. An excellent 2005 report, "Early College High School: Integrating Grades 9 through 15" by Jobs for the Future describes an initiative sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. With $50 million, these organizations are funding the establishment of 100 such new schools. For example, Stark Community College is preparing to establish the program in partnership with local schools. Jobs for the Future provides numerous references to the topic. Often, the programs are directed at high need students. Bard High School Early College in a New York City serves 9th and 10th graders who then take college classes at the high school and earn an associate degree rather than high school graduation--a form of an institutional bypass! Education Week has an excellent article, "College-Based High Schools Fill a Growing Need."

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September 07, 2005

Eco Schools

InterestWind power.jpg in "green" ecology has struck charter schools. Senn Brown of the Wisconsin Charter Schools Association assembled a list of 30 some charter schools thematically dedicated to saving the environment.

The schools, though principally in the midwest, are probably but a fraction of the true number in the U.S. Already, the schools have held a conference and involved higher education and other organizations to share ideas and practices. For further information, email your name and contact info to sennb@charter.net or call 608-238-7491.

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Public School Choice

Enormous growth is being registered in the choices available to Minnesota families, an early adopter of providing educational options. As an example of the growing desirability of choices, here are the data and types of choices for Minnesota between the years 1996-97 and 2004-05 (Source: Minnesota Department of Education): See newspaper story by reporter, James Walsh in the Star Tribune on this topic.
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Postsecondary enrollment options: This program permits high school juniors and seniors to attend college and other post secondary programs with 90% of the revenue following the student to pay tuition which the post secondary insitituion must accept as full payment if they chose to participate. Growth 18%.

Open enrollment: Permits students to attend another school district. 64%

Alternative programs for at-risk students: 156%

Homeschooling: 41%

Charter schools: 736%

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