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Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2011
Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charter middle schools enroll a significantly higher proportion of African-American students than the local school districts they draw from, but 40 percent of the black males they enroll leave between grades 6 and 8, says a new nationwide study by researchers at Western Michigan University. With 99 charter schools…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Middle Schools, Academic Achievement, Minority Groups
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2011
State-level momentum in support of vouchers and tax credits that help students go to private schools highlights what has been a largely theoretical issue: private school capacity to support voucher-financed enrollment. Academics say the national supply of seats in secular and religious private schools is sufficient to meet short-term demand from…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Private Schools, Educational Vouchers, Enrollment Rate
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on the "restart" option in the federal school turnaround program which offer new opportunities for charter school operators. Some of the nation's largest and best-known charter-management organizations have not jumped at the opportunity to "restart" schools with federal economic-stimulus money, but a wide range of smaller…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Restructuring, Educational Policy, Organizational Change
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2011
Leaders of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools are optimistic that they can reach a long-term agreement with the Baltimore (Maryland) Teachers Union in a nationally watched dispute over teacher pay for an extended school day, reducing the likelihood that the charter network will carry out its threat to close its two schools in…
Descriptors: Unions, Extended School Day, Teacher Salaries, Collective Bargaining
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2011
The pace at which the highest-performing charter-management organizations (CMOs) are "scaling up" is being determined largely by how rapidly they can develop and hire strong leaders and acquire physical space, and by the level of support they receive for growth from city or state policies, say leaders from some charter organizations…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Barriers, Educational Development, Court Litigation
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2011
Over the past two decades or so, a majority of states have implemented policies that link teenagers' driver's licenses to school attendance, academic performance, or behavior, but those requirements are not backed by solid research evidence. Experts trace the start of the trend to 1988, when West Virginia enacted a law linking driving privileges…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Adolescents, Attendance, Academic Achievement
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
Federal officials are getting the word out that addressing racial disparities in school discipline is a high priority, and they plan to use "disparate-impact analysis" in enforcing school discipline cases--a legal course of action that some civil rights lawyers contend was neglected under the administration of President George W. Bush. In…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Discipline, Court Litigation, Lawyers
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
The author reports on state and independent reviews that cite shortcomings in four urban systems. According to the reviews of those school systems over the past two years, four urban districts--in Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo, New York; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington--did not provide special help to learn English to all students…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Federal Legislation, Civil Rights Legislation, English (Second Language)
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
The author reports on a review of state policies by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, which raises questions about the validity of the use of home-language surveys as a step to identify students eligible for special help in learning English. While it's ubiquitous in schools across the country, the practice of educators'…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Validity, Federal Government, Politics of Education
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
In the midst of an attempt by Arizona's legislature and top education official to shut down ethnic-studies courses in the Tucson Unified School District, students at Tucson High Magnet School are flocking to the courses this school year. School district officials say enrollment in Mexican-American studies in Tucson Unified's 14 high schools has…
Descriptors: Ethnic Studies, Public Schools, State Legislation, School Districts
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
Collaborations popping up across the country between charter and traditional public schools show promise that charter schools could fulfill their original purpose of becoming research-and-development hothouses for public education, champions of charters say. But both supporters and skeptics of charter schools agree that so far the cooperative…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Feasibility Studies, Public Education, Effective Schools Research
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
It's not easy to keep young people on task for learning in a youth prison, but David Domenici, the principal of the Maya Angelou Academy, a charter-like school serving incarcerated juveniles, is trying to do it while at the same time creating a model program for improving educational services for young offenders. Located at the New Beginnings…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Demonstration Programs, Nonprofit Organizations, Delinquent Rehabilitation
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
Administrators in the Chicago public schools are seeking to strike the right balance between providing guidance and permitting flexibility as they put in place the nation's first state mandate for providing bilingual education to preschoolers. New rules approved by the Illinois state board of education in June flesh out a January 2009 change that…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Bilingual Education, Preschool Teachers
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
A growing number of school districts are trying to break up concentrations of poverty on their campuses by taking students' family income into consideration in school assignments. Some of the districts replaced race with socioeconomic status as a determining indicator after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that using race as the primary factor…
Descriptors: Assignments, Higher Education, Race, Socioeconomic Status
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
Educators in the Chula Vista Elementary School District determined what kind of instruction students needed through a "response to intervention" (RTI) process, which provides extra help to struggling students with an aim of reducing the number of referrals to special education. As RTI catches on throughout the country, the district is on…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, School Districts, Early Intervention, Formative Evaluation
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