Tag: English language learners

Do Boston charter schools have a lesson to teach America?

In 2016, Massachusetts voters soundly rejected a ballot proposition (Question 2) which would have allowed 12 additional charter schools per year. A recent study demonstrates how costly this decision has been, especially for special education and English language learner (ELL) students. Tufts University Professor Elizabeth Setren analyzed enrollment lottery data[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Testing, lawsuits, school choice and more

Lawsuits. A Sun-Sentinel opinion piece praises the lawsuit challenging Florida’s tax credit scholarship program, which is administered by organizations like Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog. School choice. Transferring out of neighborhood schools becomes commonplace, as thousands of Duval students take advantage of school choice programs. Florida Times-Union.[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Lawsuits, testing, school choice and more

Lawsuits. The statewide teachers union, school boards association and other groups are preparing to announce the first direct constitutional challenge to Florida’s tax credit scholarship program. Times/Herald. Sentinel School Zone. redefinED. Testing. In clear violation of state law, the Lee County school board votes to “opt out” of all state standardized testing. Fort[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Catholic schools, reading, turnarounds and more

Catholic schools. The latest evaluation of Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship program suggests Catholic schools get impressive reading results. The Thomas Fordham Institute’s Ohio Gadfly runs the numbers. Charter schools. A Palm Beach Post columnist rips charter schools. Turnarounds. The EdFly highlights a successful effort to turn around a struggling Central Florida school. Transportation.[Read More…]

Florida roundup: merit pay cheers, parent trigger stink, teacher evals & more

Parent trigger. Parent trigger is not worth the fuss, writes Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab: “We’re wasting time with political gamesmanship over a bill that both sides are making a bigger stink over than it’s worth.” Tony Bennett. New Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz accuses former super Tony Bennett, of wasteful spending[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Tutoring oversight, teachers unions, Tony Bennett & more

Tutoring oversight. In the first part of a two-part series on a requirement initially mandated by No Child Left Behind, a  Tampa Bay Times investigation finds at least 36 of 456 tutoring companies in Florida are headed by people with criminal records. In part two, the Times traces last year’s last-minute legislative push to[Read More…]