One of 12 in the World to Achieve a Perfect AP Calculus Score

School Choice Weekly #124

One of 12 in the World to Achieve a Perfect AP Calculus Score

February 02, 2016

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One of 12 in the World to Achieve a Perfect AP Calculus Score

School Choice Weekly #124

One of 12 in the World to Achieve a Perfect AP Calculus Score

February 02, 2016

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Outlook brightening for school choice

“School choice means that we are more than a default ZIP code, automatically assigned to remain trapped in failing schools when bureaucrats refuse to transform” them, Gloria Romero told us. Our opinion columnist sponsored the state’s “parent trigger” legislation while state Senate majority leader. “School choice means that parents truly have the power to become the architects of their own children’s educational futures and opportunities.”

The parent trigger law has been a key reform. It allows a majority of parents in a poorly performing school to replace the school administration. School districts have fought the reform, but parents won an important victory in July when Superior Court Judge Andrew Banks approved turning Palm Lane Elementary School in Anaheim into a charter school.

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Missouri First to Consider Innovative New School Choice Idea

School Choice Weekly #123

Missouri First to Consider Innovative New School Choice Idea

January 26, 2016

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Missouri First to Consider Innovative New School Choice Idea

School Choice Weekly #123

Missouri First to Consider Innovative New School Choice Idea

January 26, 2016

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Oregon Legislature should preserve open enrollment in public schools

When Oregon enacted open enrollment, hundreds of families across the state made the decision to leave their local school district for one that better suited the needs of their child. Unless the Legislature acts in 2016, that choice will expire. Living in such a progressive state, doesn’t it make sense that we would continue to expand choices for parents instead of limit them?

Progressive Democrats from around the nation are moving in this direction. For example, former California Senate President Gloria Romero, a Democrat and an educator, passed the nation’s first parent trigger law. The law empowers parents whose children attend public schools that are in the bottom 20 percent of California’s system with one of three choices: implement a turn-around model with the district and new staff, transition the school into a charter school or vote to shut the school down. Gloria understood empowering parents with choices would help children escape failing schools.

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Educating Tomorrow’s Donald Trump Voters

School Choice Weekly #122

Educating Tomorrow’s Donald Trump Voters

January 21, 2016

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Educating Tomorrow’s Donald Trump Voters

School Choice Weekly #122

Educating Tomorrow’s Donald Trump Voters

January 21, 2016

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L.A. school board approves new parent trigger rules

Pioneering guidelines to help Los Angeles Unified school staff and parents navigate the complex and controversial process to overhaul failing schools under the state parent trigger law were approved Tuesday by the school board.

The 2010 state law gives parents at low-performing schools the right to force out school staff, close their campus or reopen as an independent, publicly financed charter.

The district guidelines, approved on a 5-2 vote, marked the first effort in the state to tackle concerns that parents may not always receive accurate or objective information about the status of their schools or the parent trigger process.

The new guidelines require the district to hold public meetings to present information about any school targeted by a parent petition campaign but bar any advocacy either way. The information presented will include five years of the school’s student test scores and other data, a summary of improvement attempts and an analysis of the success or failure of those attempts.

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Watts teachers urge public notice for parent trigger campaigns

Teachers at an embattled Watts campus where the principal was recently ousted under the state parent trigger law are pledging to join forces with other schools to defend themselves from privately led overhaul efforts.

Teachers at Weigand Avenue Elementary will push for public notifications and meetings to inform parents about trigger campaigns involving their schools, a staff member there said Friday.

Monica Platas, the school’s categorical programs coordinator, said Weigand staff was not allowed to respond to several parent questions about the trigger campaign, which succeeded in removing Principal Irma Cobian this month.

“The parents had a lot of questions about why they were doing this, but we couldn’t respond because it would be construed as impeding the process,” Platas said, adding that legal counsel for both the district and teachers union told them to remain silent.

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Study Finds Negative Voucher Effects, but Why?

School Choice Weekly #121

Study Finds Negative Voucher Effects, but Why?

January 12, 2016

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Study Finds Negative Voucher Effects, but Why?

School Choice Weekly #121

Study Finds Negative Voucher Effects, but Why?

January 12, 2016

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