Washington, D.C. Charters Called a Laboratory for Innovation in Public Education

By Kathryn Hickok Did you know that almost half of Washington, D.C.’s public school children attend charter schools? In fact, our nation’s capital now has 115 charters, run by 62 nonprofit organizations. President Bill Clinton signed the legislation authorizing D.C.’s … Continue reading

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New Orleans’ Miracle School District

By Kathryn Hickok Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the southeastern United States, displacing more than 372,000 school-aged children. Today, New Orleans’ school population has returned to more than two-thirds its pre-storm level, but a lot has changed for the … Continue reading

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Charter Schools Achieve Superior Outcomes with Unequal Funding

By Kathryn Hickok The University of Arkansas has published a first-ever comparison study of cost effectiveness and return on investment between different types of public schools.The Productivity of Public Charter Schools rates 28 states and the District of Columbia according to … Continue reading

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Agassi Foundation for Education Is Tennis Great’s “Life’s Work”

Last Sunday tennis great Andre Agassi was inducted into the U.S. Open Court of Champions. Agassi is famous for regaining his #1 world tennis ranking after falling to #141. But today, he helps children in need of a quality education … Continue reading

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Legislature Considers Anti-Virtual Charter School Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m., the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education will hold a public hearing for a bill that essentially would force Oregon’s virtual charter schools to close. The bill (SB 927) closely resembles an idea that the … Continue reading

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Oregon’s K-12 Future Must Include Online Options

According to the College Board, 75% of Oregon schools do not offer Advanced Placement or IB classes in the four core courses: reading, math, science and social studies. Even worse, one in four U.S. high schools do not offer anything … Continue reading

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Lending Superman a Hand

By Darla Romfo The award-winning documentary Waiting for “Superman” (2010 Sundance Film Festival) captures many of the deficiencies in our public education system with tear-jerking accuracy. It is a good movie, but it doesn’t go far enough in arguing for … Continue reading

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