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Milwaukee Residents Ask for Vacant Buildings to Be Given to Charters
Posted on January 06, 2011 at 10:55 PM
Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines and state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) vowed Wednesday to change existing legislation - or write new legislation - to force Milwaukee Public Schools to sell or lease its vacant school buildings to high-performing charter school operators that wish to use them.
Standing in front of the district's vacant Thirty-Eighth Street School - which the independent and highly regarded Milwaukee College Prep charter school sought for its expansion before negotiations with the district fell through - Hines and Darling said they would try to take away the Milwaukee School Board's authority over selling the buildings.
Parental Involvement Legislation Taking Shape Nationwide
Posted on January 05, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Legislators in seven states -- Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, North Dakota and Utah -- are drafting legislation based on a school reform proposed by the Chicago-based Heartland Institute.
The "Parent Trigger" aims to improve education for K-12 students by giving parents the power to "petition to have their public school shut down or converted to a charter school, or give parents vouchers to pay for tuition at a non-public school," explains Bruno Behrend, director of the Center for School Reform at the Chicago-based free-market think tank.
Education Advocate Decries Duncan's Approach
Posted on January 05, 2011 at 03:02 PM
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan brings an intellectual heft and a genuine compassion to his job, which is why he can’t be excused for his duplicitous talk on learning options for poor children.
That word, duplicitous, is unusually harsh. So please allow me to try to defend it with three of his own statements, made all within a 29-minute span, to a distinguished audience at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s National Summit on Education Reform in Washington last month.
2011 Shows Promise for School Choice in PA
Posted on January 04, 2011 at 07:53 PM
It appears more Pennsylvanians are in favor of school choice. According to a recent study published by the Commonwealth Foundation, more than half of those polled favor school choice vouchers.
“These numbers are compelling,” said Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation and a former teacher and school board member. “It’s clear that Pennsylvanians not only want school choice for their own children, but support those in the quest to place their kids in schools and educational programs best-suited to these families.”