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McKittrick, Lanya; Lake, Robin; Tuchman, Sivan; Pillow, Travis; Valant, Jon; Larsen, Matthew – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2020
Families of children with disabilities must constantly work to advocate for their children, find the school that provides the best fit, and assess whether educators are providing the right interventions. This can be exhausting and frustrating, especially when it comes on top of the unique demands of parenting a child with a disability. The Center…
Descriptors: School Choice, Students with Disabilities, Educational Quality, Advocacy
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Jochim, Ashley; Lavery, Lesley – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
For nearly two decades teachers unions and charter schools have defined the major points of conflict over school reform, forming an "us vs. them" narrative that pits one against the other. By design, charter schools are free from many state and district regulations--including collective bargaining agreements. And when students enroll in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Unions, Educational Trends, Educational Change
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Lake, Robin; Jochim, Ashley; Hill, Paul; Tuchman, Sivan – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
The claim that charter schools cause financial harm to school districts is a major element in the debate around charter schools in California. Critics allege that enrollment in charter schools drains resources from school districts, forcing them to make cuts to staff and services and eventually contributing to fiscal distress. The charge that…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Financial Problems, School Districts, Enrollment
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Lake, Robin; Jochim, Ashley; Hill, Paul; Tuchman, Sivan – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
The current debate about charter schools' effects on school district finances hinges on enrollment loss. Critics claim that the surge in charter enrollment in California since 2000 has driven enrollment loss statewide--cutting districts' income more than their costs, especially in cities where many students attend charter schools. State officials…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Districts, Enrollment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lake, Robin; Jochim, Ashley; Hill, Paul; Tuchman, Sivan – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
Much attention has been focused on the costs charter school enrollment imposes on school districts. Getting an honest answer to this question is important for school districts so that they may adjust their expenditures appropriately. However, as Ladd and Singleton, the authors of a North Carolina study attempting to quantify those costs point out,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Enrollment, School Districts, Costs
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Gill, Sean; Jochim, Ashley; Lake, Robin – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
New legislation in California will allow school districts, such as Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), to consider the "financial and academic impact" when approving or denying applications for new charter schools. OUSD has been in fiscal distress in the past and faces fiscal challenges that continue to play out in classrooms across…
Descriptors: School Districts, Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Financial Exigency
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Opalka, Alice; Jochim, Ashley; DeArmond, Michael – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
In 2017 the Texas Education Agency (TEA) launched the Systems of Great Schools (SGS) initiative. With a combination of incentives and capacity building, SGS attempts to transform how school districts approach school improvement. It calls on districts to manage school performance in new ways, expand access to school choice options, and take a…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy
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Jochim, Ashley; Heyward, Georgia; Gross, Betheny – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
Since 2011 DC School Reform Now (DCSRN) has worked to help families in the city's most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods find success with school choice and enroll in high-quality schools. DCSRN's parent advocates focus on understanding the families they serve and the barriers they must overcome--an approach that requires flexible,…
Descriptors: School Choice, Family Programs, Educational Change, Family School Relationship
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Heyward, Georgia – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
As the economy rapidly shifts toward automation, there is growing consensus that while new jobs will be created, change is the new normal. Youth need training in soft skills alongside preparation for lifetime learning. Systemic change, not minor improvements, will be necessary. States, districts, and schools are adjusting to the aspirations of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Vocational Education, School Community Relationship, School Business Relationship
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Jochim, Ashley; Hill, Paul – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
While state policymakers are ultimately responsible for public schools statewide, their influence over local school districts has always been incomplete at best. State chiefs, the ostensible leaders of state education agencies, have limited powers and local school boards ultimately control most of the money and staff. As a result, when state…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Sustainability, Superintendents, State School District Relationship
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Lake, Robin; McKittrick, Lanya – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
America's schools must improve outcomes in special education. Students with disabilities remain 25 percent less likely than their peers to graduate high school despite the belief among researchers that 80 to 85 percent of students with disabilities should be able to meet the same academic standards as their peers. We convened leaders from cities…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Change, Students with Disabilities, School Community Relationship
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Jochim, Ashley; Pillow, Travis – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Louisiana's Recovery School District took over responsibility for most of New Orleans' public schools. In 2018 the state takeover came to an end. For the first time since Katrina, nearly all of the city's public schools are in the hands of the Orleans Parish School Board. We set out to understand how the…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Government Role, Public Schools, Board of Education Role
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DeArmond, Michael; Opalka, Alice; Denise, Patrick – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
This brief examines student mobility within Kansas City Public Schools. The results reinforce earlier research on the problem and underscore the importance of ongoing efforts to reduce student mobility in the city. The findings also suggest that Kansas City's mobility problem is not just a matter of students moving between schools. Many students…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Public Schools, Urban Schools, Charter Schools
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Hirsh, Aaron – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
Homeschoolers--and their motivations--are increasingly diverse. A number of innovations, such as online schools, microschools, co-ops, and support centers, are enabling this diversity. Though frequently left out of the conversation about education, the homeschooling movement has much to teach us about creating more customized and effective school…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Home Schooling, State Policy, Family Characteristics
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DeArmond, Michael; Gill, Sean; Gross, Betheny; Heyward, Georgia; Lake, Robin; McKittrick, Lanya; Opalka, Alice; Pillow, Travis; Sharma, Roohi; Tuchman, Sivan; Rhim, Lauren Morando; Lancet, Stephanie; Kothani, Shaini – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2019
The challenge of serving students with disabilities is familiar to both practitioners and policymakers, especially when it comes to education reform. Charter schools are often viewed as institutions that fail to serve students with disabilities well, or in the same proportions as district-run schools. Sometimes this is true, but it oversimplifies…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Charter Schools, School Effectiveness, Institutional Characteristics
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