education news bulletin 4.23.02
- * CHOICE/COMPETITION
* HUMAN CAPITAL
Charter Schools Week
From Center for Education Reform http://www.edreform.com/ncsw/index.html.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the nation's first charter school in Minnesota, and since then more than 2,400 charter schools around the country have opened, serving nearly 580,000 children. To recognize and honor the success of charter schools in educating our nation's children, the third annual National Charter Schools Week will be celebrated April 29-May 3, 2002.
Private Groups Get 42 Schools in Philadelphia From the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/18/education/18EDIS.html
Philadelphia's School Reform Commission yesterday voted to turn over control of 42 low-performing schools to seven outside managers, including Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania and for-profit Edison Schools. In addition, 28 schools are to be converted to charters or independent schools. The commission said it expects the new arrangement to be in place by September for all 70 schools.
Dayton Feels the Heat From Charter Schools From Education Week http://www.edweek.org/ew/ew_printstory.cfm?slug=32dayton.h21
Twelve charter schools have opened in this economically embattled Rust Belt city in the past three years as eight regular public schools have closed. The ensuing competition for students is literally giving the Dayton public school system a run for its money.
San Diego High School Granted Special Status From Education Week http://www.edweek.org/ew/newstory.cfm?slug=32sandiego.h21
The highest-performing high school in the San Diego district has been granted a charter school's freedom to decide how to teach its students-without converting to charter status.
School District Builds Homes for Teachers From the San Jose Mercury News http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/3096678.htm
[ECS e-clips] Frustrated by the cycle of young teachers arriving, clicking with their students and then splitting after a few years for someplace more affordable, Santa Clara officials devoted the land from a closed school and invested $6 million into building apartments for new teachers. The resulting 40-unit complex, named Casa del Maestro, officially opened Thursday.
As Social Status Sags, Teachers Call It a Career From the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/17/education/17TEAC.html?pagewanted=print&position=top
[ASCD SmartBrief] Bright, inspiring teachers are an essential part of education, yet bright, inspiring young graduates are increasingly less likely to enter the profession because of its low pay and prestige. Eric Plaks, a 27-year-old Harvard graduate, says his mother and friends ask him when he plans to leave teaching for a "real job." He adds that the generation of teachers now on the cusp of retirement were of a different age, hearkening to a time when teaching was regarded with respect.
Reshaping Schools From the Top Down From Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy http://www.nsdc.org/library/results/res4-02rich.html
[PEN Weekly NewsBlast] Wide-ranging reforms in San Diego City Schools illustrate how a district can use the power of central office to shift schools toward a focus on
teaching and learning, according to a recently published report by Stanford University researcher Amy Hightower. Beginning in 1998, reform in the 142,000-student San Diego school district happened everyplace all at once. Changes occurred simultaneously at central office and in the 180 schools, a strategy that shook up the entire district and sent a message through the system that the change was significant and would impact everyone. Hightower notes that San Diego's approach contrasts sharply with the views of others who believe change must happen more slowly and that having organizational "buy-in" is imperative to successful reform.
Venture Fund Seeds School Innovations From Education Week http://www.edweek.org/ew/newstory.cfm?slug=32newschools.h21
Venture philanthropists have sought to distinguish themselves from traditional gift-giving organizations. They've raised a few eyebrows in the foundation world, where some argue that the business-investment strategy is a bad fit for trying to solve social ills like poverty, crime, and inferior education.
Mr. Mayor, Schools Chief. Mr. Fix-It Is Another Story From the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/17/education/17LESS.html?pagewanted=print&position=top
[ASCD SmartBrief] Mayoral control of schools often sounds appealing, especially if a mayor wants to be held accountable for success, but in reality it's always easier to change how schools are governed than how they instruct, according to columnist Richard Rothstein. History has shown that giving big-city mayors control over schools doesn't ensure academic gains, Rothstein says
World leaders herald plan to up school enrollment From the Boston Globe http://www.globe.com/education/news/22/042202_school_enrollment.html
[ECS e-clips] The World Bank initiative on education will select 10 poor nations for a pilot program to develop the best approaches to achieving universal primary education by 2015. Currently, 125 million children in poor nations, two-thirds of them girls, do not attend school. World leaders herald plan to up school enrollment.
The Right Way to Read From Newsweek http://www.msnbc.com/news/741056.asp
In the old days, preschoolers had no more pressing business than to learn how to play. New research shows that they benefit from instruction in words and sounds.