charter schools http://kuow.org en Diane Ravitch On The State Of The Public School http://kuow.org/post/diane-ravitch-state-public-school <p>The popular narrative around public schools is that they’re failing and that teachers and administrators are to blame. Reformers argue for charter schools. They call for evaluating teachers based on the test scores of their students. They urge abolition of policies that reward seniority among teachers.</p><p>Diane Ravitch thinks they’re wrong. She thinks what passes for reform is a hoax. Ravitch is a historian of education and a research professor at New York University. She was an Assistant Secretary of Education in the first Bush administration. Her latest book is "Reign of Error: The Hoax Of The Privatization Movement And The Danger To American Schools." Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:19:19 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 21076 at http://kuow.org Diane Ravitch On The State Of The Public School Seattle’s First Charter School To Serve Traumatized Children http://kuow.org/post/seattle-s-first-charter-school-serve-traumatized-children <p>Marcie Sillman&nbsp;talks with Dan Seydel, board president and charter development chair for<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;First Place School. Starting fall 2014, Seattle's first private charter school will be serving </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">children who have experienced significant trauma.</span> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:38:17 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Christine Streich 28149 at http://kuow.org Seattle’s First Charter School To Serve Traumatized Children Charter Commission Advised To Approve Only Six Schools Thursday http://kuow.org/post/charter-commission-advised-approve-only-six-schools-thursday <p>The Washington State Charter School Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on the 19 charter applications it received.<br /><br />The commission hired outside evaluators, who advised that only six out of the 19 applications be approved. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:17:29 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 27898 at http://kuow.org Charter Commission Advised To Approve Only Six Schools Thursday Parents Pack Meetings With Charter School Hopefuls http://kuow.org/post/parents-pack-meetings-charter-school-hopefuls <p>The Washington State Charter School Commission is wrapping up three weeks of <a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/education/commission/documents/pressRelease_20131227.pdf">public hearings </a>for 19 proposed schools. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 27253 at http://kuow.org Parents Pack Meetings With Charter School Hopefuls Public Hearings On Charter School Proposals Begin Today http://kuow.org/post/public-hearings-charter-school-proposals-begin-today <p>The Washington State Charter School Commission will host nine public forums around the state this month regarding the 19 charter school proposals it is considering. The first one is&nbsp; Monday afternoon in Spokane.</p><p>Each forum will focus on up to three proposals, and begin with a presentation from the charter applicants.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:27:31 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 26608 at http://kuow.org In One NYC School, A Snapshot Of Bloomberg's Education Legacy http://kuow.org/post/one-nyc-school-snapshot-bloombergs-education-legacy Washington Irving High used to be a large school of 4,000 students. But today, the elegant, century-old building, its walls painted with murals depicting scenes from New York history, is home to seven separate schools.<p>The changes at this school, near the hustle and bustle of Manhattan's Union Square, offer a window into the imprint outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made on the city's public school system.<p>For the past decade, school reformers nationwide have put a heavy focus on student test scores and accountability. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:31:00 +0000 Beth Fertig 25761 at http://kuow.org In One NYC School, A Snapshot Of Bloomberg's Education Legacy Ruling Allows Charter Schools To Move Forward In Washington http://kuow.org/post/ruling-allows-charter-schools-move-forward-washington <p>A King County Superior Court ruling Thursday will allow the introduction of charter schools in Washington, but struck down part of the law as unconstitutional.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In her ruling, Judge Jean Rietschel upheld much of the charter school law, and the state attorney general said the state will continue to implement it. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:04:29 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 25401 at http://kuow.org Ruling Allows Charter Schools To Move Forward In Washington Charter Schools' Volunteer Demands Could Deter Poor Families, Critics Say http://kuow.org/post/charter-schools-volunteer-demands-could-deter-poor-families-critics-say <p>Proposals&nbsp;for Washington state's first-ever&nbsp;charter schools&nbsp;include&nbsp;a wide range of educational models, from a focus on team sports to a military school. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:59:46 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 25261 at http://kuow.org Charter Schools' Volunteer Demands Could Deter Poor Families, Critics Say 22 Contenders Vie To Become State's First Charter Schools http://kuow.org/post/22-contenders-vie-become-states-first-charter-schools <p>A military school for at-risk youth.</p><p>A high school that uses sports to teach life lessons.</p><p>A school focused on special education.</p><p>These are three of the 22 proposals&nbsp;for Washington state’s first charter schools that made it in by last Friday’s deadline.<br /> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 01:13:49 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 24445 at http://kuow.org 22 Contenders Vie To Become State's First Charter Schools Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint http://kuow.org/post/charter-schools-philadelphia-educating-without-blueprint <em>This is final story in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.</em><p>Shayna Terrell is in a good mood: It's report card night at the Simon Gratz Mastery Charter high school in North Philadelphia, and parents are showing up in good numbers.<strong> </strong><p>Terrell, Mastery's outreach coordinator, welcomes parents. Her goal on this night is to get 40 percent of Gratz parents to come to the school, meet teachers face to face, and get their child's report card. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 24265 at http://kuow.org Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint Meet The (Hopeful) Charters: Some Mixed Records, Others Just Failing http://kuow.org/post/meet-hopeful-charters-some-mixed-records-others-just-failing <p></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of last year’s charter schools initiative in Washington state promised the law would bring successful charter models from across the country and&nbsp;improve&nbsp;academic outcomes for public school students.</span> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:49:16 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 23258 at http://kuow.org Meet The (Hopeful) Charters: Some Mixed Records, Others Just Failing A Look At Washington's First Charter School Contenders http://kuow.org/post/look-washingtons-first-charter-school-contenders <p><em>Correction 10/24/2013: This story has been changed to correct the number of schools that can be approved in the first round of applications.</em></p><p>More than two dozen organizations say they’ll apply to start the state’s first charter schools.</p><p>Included among them: A school for gifted early elementary students in Spokane Valley; a Tacoma branch of the national charter chain Green Dot; and a Seattle elementary for kids who have experienced extreme trauma. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:59:46 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 22507 at http://kuow.org A Look At Washington's First Charter School Contenders Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami http://kuow.org/post/pitbull-mr-education-rapper-opens-charter-school-miami Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.<p>The <a href="http://www.slammiami.com/" target="_blank">Sports Leadership And Management Academy (SLAM)</a>, Pitbull's new public charter school for students in grades six through 12, opened this fall in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 22111 at http://kuow.org Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami Charter School Commission Opens Application Process http://kuow.org/post/charter-school-commission-opens-application-process <p>Last November, Washington became the 42nd state to allow charter schools. Yesterday, the Washington Charter School Commission opened the statewide application process. The voter approved initiative allows for 40 charter schools to open over the next five years. Ross Reynolds talks with Steve Sundquist, Commission chair, about what they're looking for in the charter school applications. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:16:32 +0000 Ross Reynolds 20827 at http://kuow.org Charter School Commission Opens Application Process Meet The Charter School Operators http://kuow.org/post/meet-charter-school-operators <p>Last November, Washington became the 42nd state to legalize charter schools. The voter-approved initiative allows for no more than 40 public charter schools to open over a five-year period. The first schools could open as early as next fall.<br><br>Next week, the state <a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards/profiles/7285233.aspx">Charter School Commission</a> will begin sifting through applications from would-be charter school operators. Who are these potential operators? And how might charter schools be different from traditional public schools?<br><br>Brenda McDonald is planning principal for the <a href="http://www.spokaneschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1">Spokane School District</a>. She’s <a href="http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/sep/16/new-school-thinking/">applying</a> to open Pride Prep in Spokane, which would serve grades 6 through 12.<br><br>Kristina Bellamy-McClain is the former principal of Emerson Elementary in Seattle. She’s applying to open a K-8 school in South King County or Tacoma.<br><br>They talked with Ross Reynolds.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:14:30 +0000 Ross Reynolds 19873 at http://kuow.org Meet The Charter School Operators