charter schools http://kuow.org en High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health http://kuow.org/post/high-performing-charter-schools-may-improve-students-health Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health.<p>Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corp. wanted to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers.<p>They surveyed 521 ninth through 12th-grade students in Los Angeles who attended charter schools, and 409 students who attended local neighborhood schools. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:59:35 +0000 Patti Neighmond 38663 at http://kuow.org High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Here Are Washington's New Prospective Charter Schools http://kuow.org/post/here-are-washingtons-new-prospective-charter-schools <p>Seven organizations have filed to open charter schools in Washington in the state’s second-ever round of applications.</p><p>The proposed schools include California-based charter chains… a bilingual school… and a school that would teach partly in sign language.</p><p>Three of the schools would be in Spokane, with the rest in Seattle, Sunnyside, and Pierce and Clark Counties.</p><p>Three of the groups had applied unsuccessfully to open schools last year.</p><p>The state’s charter school authorizers will decide which applications to approve, if any, by mid-October.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:06:17 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38396 at http://kuow.org Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short http://kuow.org/post/idaho-students-looking-re-do-after-charter-school-falls-short <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062314JR_Charter.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended <a href="http://www.ocsidaho.org/home.html">Odyssey Charter School</a> in Idaho Falls, Idaho, may have to repeat classes -- or even an entire grade -- next year after the <a href="http://chartercommission.idaho.gov/">Idaho Public Charter School Commission</a> found their fledgling school failed to measure up.<p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:43:49 +0000 Jessica Robinson 36957 at http://kuow.org 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