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    Nov 3, 2003
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      Education News Bulletin


      City to Use Private Funds in Creating Charter Schools

      NEW YORK CITY – New York City education officials plan to turn
      charter school concept on its head by becoming the first school
      district in the nation to use private donations to open as many as 50
      of the schools. Charter schools traditionally operate outside of
      local school district control. The city's plan would establish a
      nonprofit corporation to create the schools, using more than $50
      million in private donations, according to private foundation
      officials familiar with the plan. The idea of building groups of
      charter schools is not new. One such effort is under way in northern
      California by the NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit group that is
      working to create systems of charter schools — essentially
      run charter school districts. (New York Times)

      http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/29/nyregion/29CHAR.html (see the
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      Charter Schools Issued Grants

      INGLEWOOD, CA – Six California charter schools are receiving more
      than $48 million in grants from a 2002 state bond, the first time
      that such money has been allocated to pay for construction on
      campuses of the independent but tax-supported schools. State
      Treasurer Phil Angelides was at the Animo Leadership Charter High
      School in Inglewood on Thursday to announce that the school had
      received $5 million to fund the construction or purchase of a
      permanent campus. The money was awarded through Proposition 47, which
      voters approved in November 2002 for modernization and construction
      of schools and public colleges and universities. The $13-billion bond
      earmarked almost $100 million for charter schools. (Los Angeles Times)


      Editorial: Roadblocks for charter schools are disappearing

      CALIFORNIA – The planets are aligning -- finally -- for charter
      schools in California. Three weeks ago, voters elected a charter
      school supporter as governor. Last week, the state organization
      representing charter schools reorganized with stronger leadership,
      more money and a determination to spread its influence. The next few
      years could see substantial growth in the charter movement. That
      should benefit not only families looking for more education choices
      but also public schools, which will face pressure in the form of
      competition to improve. The reorganized California Charter Schools
      Association has set an ambitious goal of adding 1,000 schools, with a
      half-million more students, in five years. If it brings academic
      rigor to match its vigor, the California Charter Schools Association
      will be a powerhouse for reform. (San Jose Mercury News)



      How Urban Schools Keep Good Teachers at Bay

      WASHINGTON – Applications and letters of interest from idealistic
      teachers continue to pour into inner-city school systems across the
      country, and many candidates … are being ignored or contacted
      too late to do any good, according to an unusually detailed study by
      the nonprofit New Teacher Project. A new report on the study, "Missed
      Opportunities: How We Keep High-Quality Teachers Out of Urban
      Schools," concludes that those school systems alienate many talented
      applicants because of rules that protect teachers already on staff
      and because of slow-moving bureaucracies and budgeting delays.
      (Washington Post)


      City Schools Report Progress On Hiring Certified Teachers

      NATIONAL – With the ticking clock of the federal No Child Left
      Act in their ears, urban school leaders are hiring thousands of fully
      certified teachers. New hiring tactics and a weak economy have
      allowed big-city districts to decrease their reliance on uncertified
      educators. While the trend reflects progress, questions remain about
      whether many of the new teachers are well enough prepared, and which
      of their more experienced counterparts measure up to strict new
      federal requirements. Even as the picture improves for newly hired
      teachers, however, districts still have a sobering task ahead in
      making sure their existing teacher workforces have the qualifications
      to pass federal muster. (Education Week)


      Event: A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom: Appraising Old Answers
      and New Ideas

      WASHINGTON – The training and licensing of teachers has always
      been a
      contentious political and policy issue. Recent years have seen
      increasingly heated debate about the value of teacher licensure and
      certification and whether certification ensures a highly qualified
      teacher corps. This conference featured new empirical research on the
      nature of teacher training, an analysis of the political and policy
      landscape, and new models for tackling the need for outstanding
      teachers. This event was hosted by AEI, the Progressive Policy
      Institute, and the National Council on Teacher Quality. (Progressive
      Policy Institute)



      Harvard project on districts announced

      CAMBRIDGE, MASS – The Harvard Business School and the Harvard
      Graduate School of Education announced a joint research project last
      week to study the academics and management of nine school districts
      across the country, hoping to break new ground in finding the best
      ways to turn around large public school systems. "If you take
      existing lessons from the management of other sectors and simply
      apply them to public education, they tend not to work," said Ellen
      Condliffe Lagemann, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of
      Education. "In order to deal with school systems, you need to
      consider the political, the pedagogical, the governmental, the
      technical, the logistical, the legal -- all these different
      perspectives." The multimillion-dollar effort is called the Public
      Education Leadership Project and will involve nine districts that
      enroll more than 1 million students. (Boston Globe)



      Appointments give Schwarzenegger chance to leave mark on education

      SACRAMENTO – Once he becomes governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger will
      have a chance to put a sizable footprint on the state's educational
      landscape by making key appointments, including a majority of the
      State Board of Education. Schwarzenegger will be able to appoint
      seven candidates on the 11-member state board, which has the power to
      choose textbooks and set the scores needed to pass the state's high
      school exit exam. Schwarzenegger aides declined to speculate on who
      might fill the jobs, though state Superintendent of Public
      Instruction Jack O'Connell pressed the governor-elect last week to
      reappoint Silicon Valley businessman Reed Hastings, who is the chair.
      Hastings, who has raised money for Davis, is up for reappointment in
      January. Although he is a high-profile Democrat, Hastings shares a
      similar outlook with the incoming governor on many education issues.
      (San Jose Mercury News)

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