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.
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."
Marcie Sillman talks with Dan Seydel, board president and charter development chair for First Place School. Starting fall 2014, Seattle's first private charter school will be serving children who have experienced significant trauma.
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 Monday afternoon in Spokane.
Each forum will focus on up to three proposals, and begin with a presentation from the charter applicants.
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.
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.
Thirty-one schools, as shown above, filed a notice of intent with the state to establish a charter school, over half of which would be in either King or Pierce county. Twenty-two schools completed applications by Friday's deadline.
Thirty-one schools filed a notice of intent with the state to establish a charter school, over half of which would be in either King or Pierce county. The final deadline for completed applications is November 22.
Supporters of last year’s charter schools initiative in Washington state promised the law would bring successful charter models from across the country and improve academic outcomes for public school students.
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.
More than two dozen organizations say they’ll apply to start the state’s first charter schools.
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.