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An Unfortunate Commentary on Charter Schools

As the editorial boards of the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal have ably pointed out, the anti-charter resolution adopted this past weekend by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People represents an unfortunate commentary for inner city communities longing for better schools.  Why put up the roadblocks?  Why stifle … Continue Reading

Charter School Guidance on Weighted Lotteries Announced

On January 29, 2014 the Department of Education released updated charter school guidance to allow the use of weighted admission lotteries (see pp. 17-22).  Under weighted lotteries, charter schools that receive federal program funds may give more weight to educationally disadvantaged students, where more students apply to attend a charter than seats available.   In response to … Continue Reading

House and Senate Hearings Set For Next Week on Schools, Workplace, and NCLB Waivers

Next week the House Education and Workforce Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold hearings on February 5 (Tuesday) and 7 (Thursday) respectively.  Ed and Workforce meets at 10:00 a.m. on the fifth in Room 2175 to consider training and workforce issues, federal actions that impede job growth, K-12 education reform … Continue Reading

Congratulations to Nina Rees, the New CEO for NAPCS

The National Association for Public Charter Schools announced its new chief executive officer last week–our former U.S. Department of Education colleague, Nina Rees.  Nina is an excellent choice, and was an admired senior official at the Department when she served as the first Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement from 2002-2006.  Nina comes to … Continue Reading

Charter School Replication and Expansion Grants Raise Questions

Charter School advocates should take a close look at today’s U. S. Department of Education Federal Register Notice announcing the FY2012 grant competition for the Replication and Expansion of High Quality Charter Schools.  Applications are due May 7, 2012.  Under the FY2012 appropriations law, Pub. L. No. 112-74, Division F, Title III, the Secretary is authorized … Continue Reading

House Presses Ahead on ESEA: Endorses Charter School Bill

On September 13, 2011, the U. S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (365-54) to approve H.R. 2218.pdf, the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act.  The bill is the first of a handful of Ed and Workforce Committee measures that reauthorize parts of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Among other things, the legislation … Continue Reading

Interview on “The Politics of NCLB Renewal”

In an August 25, 2011 interview with Kyle Palmer, I offered comments on recent actions of the House Education and Workforce Committee to push forward legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as well as spoke about the U.S. Department of Education’s preliminary plans to attach conditions to waivers.  The interview can be … Continue Reading

Big Vote (34-5) on Charter Schools’ Bill

By a vote of 34-5, the House Education and Workforce Committee reported out its second Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, H.R. 2218.pdf, on June 22, 2011. Entitled the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act, the legislation revamps the current charter schools’ discretionary grant program, among other things, to give priority to states … Continue Reading

Committee to Update Charter Schools Grant Program

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce announced plans today to mark-up its second Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 10:00 A.M.   Known as the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act, H.R. 2218.pdf updates the federal charter schools program by consolidating various funding streams into the … Continue Reading

School Choice Updates: East Coast, West Coast

On January 26, 2011, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) introduced H.R. 471.pdf and S. 206.pdf, respectively, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act (SOAR Act).pdf (summary), to renew the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, which expired at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.  The renewed program would provide scholarships of up … Continue Reading

Another Take on Freedom (Or The Lack Thereof): “The Lottery” and Charter Schools in New York City

For those who follow education reform, consider going to see “The Lottery,” the new documentary about the challenges charter schools face from entrenched interests in New York City.  Though I have not yet seen the film (opening June 8, 2010 in New York City and June 25, 2010 in Washington, DC ), Bari Weiss, in … Continue Reading