Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 3:10pm
A lawyer for Atlanta Public Schools told the Georgia Supreme Court that the school district probably wouldn’t approve new charter schools unless they help pay off old an old pension debt.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 12:18pm
Every morning at Rocketship Mosaic Elementary in San Jose, Calif., starts the same way—students and staff gather on the playground outside the building for a ritual known as “launch.”
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 4:13pm
An Oakland charter school that has high-achieving students but allegedly engaged in financial improprieties has gone to court to try to keep its doors open. The Oakland school board voted by a narrow 4-3 margin on March 20 to revoke the charter for the American Indian Model Schools, alleging that the school hasn't done enough to rectify financial irregularities that were found in a state audit last year.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 2:21pm
The Akron Digital Academy, started by the Akron public school system in 2002 to capture some of the students leaving to study online, will no longer be associated with the public school system due to a change in the law that prohibits sponsors from sitting on the academy's board.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 1:37pm
A controversial computer-based learning model is competing with eight other proposals to be one of the next charter schools approved for the district. The proposed Nexus Academy, run by a subsidiary of publishing giant Pearson, would offer grades 9 through 12 in Ward 2, eventually serving up to 600 students.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sun, 05/19/2013 - 4:16pm
Those who oversee public school district coffers are breathing a collective uneasy sigh of relief, at least for now, after a renewed attempt to funnel more money to charter schools is likely put to bed for this legislative session.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 3:13pm
For the first time, the State Charter School Board has evaluated Utah’s 81 charter schools in three key areas — academics, finances and governance — creating a baseline for comparing the schools next year. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 2:13pm
State officials opened a financial investigation into Children First Academy of Dallas. Records show that school leaders have hired multiple family members, some of them with six-figure salaries.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 11:05am
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been pressing his idea of a "homegrown workforce" to feed New York City's tech industry, and it is one he is trying to foster in the city's public schools. The Academy for Software Engineering, for instance, a high school in Manhattan devoted to computer science, opened in September, and the school received 1,400 applications for its next freshman class of 125.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 10:46am
Democrats on the legislature's Education Committee voted Monday to advance three bills that would either change the certification requirements for taxpayer-financed virtual charter schools or delay their operation in Maine. They feel the state should not subsidize the for-profit entities.