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Edwards, Virginia B., Ed. – Education Week, 2014
For all the national and even international debate about the state of American education, public schooling in the U.S. is still a local matter--and the school district remains its hub. As administrators know, there's nothing abstract about the process of getting millions of students into their seats, assuring they receive the instruction they're…
Descriptors: Public Education, School Districts, Governance, Urban Schools
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
During the recently concluded presidential nominating conventions, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney offered stark choices on K-12 policy while downplaying areas of agreement between their two parties--and the tensions within each party on education issues. In Charlotte, North Carolina, last week, the Democrats put a…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Finance, Charter Schools, School Choice
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
One of the most vexing questions about charter schools--when low-performing ones should be shut down--is receiving new attention, amid concerns that lax and inconsistent standards for closing them will undermine the public's confidence in the sector. Over the past few years, a growing number of researchers, policymakers, and charter school backers…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Low Achievement, School Closing, Academic Standards
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
A tight race for governor, the heavy burden of rebuilding a school funding system recently declared unconstitutional, and a fourth ballot measure in two decades on charter schools has placed Washington state on an intense--and unpredictable--road for education this year. Washington is one of nine states that do not allow charter schools, and the…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Charter Schools, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
On an Election Day filled with dozens of state races and ballot measures with big implications for the nation's public schools, state teachers' unions and charter school champions had plenty to cheer in the aftermath, even as tax measures that would help pay for schools suffered setbacks in some places. Union efforts were instrumental in…
Descriptors: Elections, Federal Government, State Government, Unions
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
A prominent and sustained White House push for renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is viewed as crucial to prospects for the 9-year-old law's reauthorization by a now-divided Congress. The law's current version, the No Child Left Behind Act, was President George W. Bush's signature domestic achievement when it was passed…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
At a time when many states are adopting controversial measures to launch or expand private school vouchers, Republicans in Michigan are taking a different direction, moving ahead with a plan that would greatly expand the menu of public school choices for students and parents. GOP lawmakers, who control both state legislative chambers, have…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Choice, Charter Schools, Electronic Learning
McNeil, Michele; Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2010
When 16 finalists come to Washington next week to make their final pitches in the $4 billion Race to the Top competition, most can expect to go home empty-handed. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in announcing the finalists last week, said that no more than $2 billion will be divided among "very few winners" when the awards are…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Restructuring, Awards, Elementary Secondary Education
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2010
President Barack Obama's proposed $49.7 billion budget for the U.S. Department of Education is more than just a spending blueprint: Department officials portray it as a fundamental reimagining of the agency's structure and management. Under the fiscal 2011 proposal unveiled last week, a roster of 38 relatively small, targeted grant programs would…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Budgets
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2008
Mayor Cory A. Booker, a rising star in the Democratic Party nationally, has high hopes for the role education in general, and charters in particular, can play in efforts to revitalize this long-struggling city. He says that, eventually, he would like to see one-fourth of Newark's public school students attend high-performing charter schools. The…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Change, School Funds, Role of Education
Hoff, David J. – Education Week, 2007
This article reports how President Bush's new blueprint for the No Child Left Behind Act will create a partisan debate on educational strategies. In its plans for NCLB, the administration said it wants private and charter schools to create competition that would spur improvement in substandard schools. Democrats, however, have their own priorities…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Politics of Education, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2006
Mr. Barr, a Democratic political organizer who turned charter school mogul, has waged a contentious, two-year campaign to persuade leaders in the nation's second-largest school system to let him run one or more troubled high schools. Mr. Barr, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, set to assume some control of the district on Jan. 1, 2007, where he may…
Descriptors: High Schools, State Legislation, Charter Schools, Activism
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2005
Washington is a safe distance from the powerful winds that have wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast, but a political storm continued to brew in the capital over President Bush's plan to help pay the costs of private school tuition for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. As voucher opponents decried the president's plan, Louisiana's two U.S.…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Private Schools, Educational Vouchers, Federal Aid
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2005
Struggling to jump-start education in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the district school board has decided to reopen its first buildings not as regular public schools, but as charter schools. Indeed, the board's vote followed weeks of high-level talks among officials in the offices of the governor, the state schools superintendent, the state…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Change, Public Schools, School Districts
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2004
Hoping to lend renewed momentum to a movement whose growth has slowed in recent years, charter school leaders are stepping up efforts to enhance their eclectic sector's political and organizational clout. After a series of missteps, a national organization that aims to serve as a unified voice for the nation's roughly 3,000 charter schools is…
Descriptors: National Organizations, Instructional Leadership, Educational Quality, Charter Schools
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