Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:13 am
The charter school movement is built on the premise that increased competition among schools will sort the wheat from the chaff.
It seems self-evident that parents, empowered by choice, will vote with their feet for academically stronger schools. As the argument goes, the overall effect should be to improve equity as well: Lower-income parents won't have to send their kids to an under-resourced and underperforming school just because it is the closest one to them geographically.
Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 12:34 am
NPR Ed is updating readers on some of the top stories we've been following in 2014.
All this year, NPR Ed has been exploring the dramatic changes to the New Orleans school system, where more than nine out of ten children attend charter schools, most run by the state Recovery School District.
Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 10:14 am
Starting this past spring, parents in Indianapolis; Troy, Mich.; Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.; and Houston, Texas, heard about a new option for their children's last two years of high school.
In each city, a charter school called Early Career Academy planned to offer students the chance to earn associate degrees, either in network systems administration or software development, alongside their high school diplomas. Students were offered laptops to work on and ebooks to use. All for free.
Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 8:28 am
In New Orleans, schools have long struggled to provide for students with physical, emotional and mental disabilities. Even before Hurricane Katrina, many parents had to fight for extra help. But many say things have only gotten harder since the city's public school district shifted almost entirely to charter schools.
Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 9:32 am
Once upon a time, most kids attended things called schools to get an education. And, in those schools, these kids were called students.
Well, times are changing — especially in urban areas with lots of charter schools. In New Orleans, where just about every school receiving public funding is now a charter, we asked a bunch of adults where they had gone to school.
Their answers: Newton Elementary and Newton High School, Warren Easton High School, Epiphany School, Folsom Elementary School, Valena C. Jones School and the Moses Brown School.
Former Assistant U.S. Education Secretary under President George H. W. Bush, Diane Ravitch joins us as our first guest of the week to talk with Jim about public schools in Louisiana. Being a long time opponent of charter schools and openly stating that she believes they are destroying America's public schools, Diane expresses her distaste with Common Core, Governor Bobby Jindal, and the Charter School system in New Orleans. She and Jim also take a little time to promote her most recent book Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools.
GOP Political Consultant and frequent guest on the show Scott Wilfong follows up Diane for the second part of today's show to discuss the November elections which are now less than seven weeks away. He and Jim discuss the Louisiana 2nd District creeping in closer to Baton Rouge, Mary Landrieu and the recent hoopla over her travel expenditures and residency; and much, much more.
Also, Lisa Guernsey closes out Monday's show to promote and discuss her latest book Screen Time: How Electronic Media - From Baby Videos to Educational Software - Affects Your Young Child. As a mother of two young daughters Lisa wondered what television, videos, and digital media in general was doing to her children, and her book is the end result of her resolve to find out. Her 2012 edition and re-release of Screen Time features an updated epilogue on what scientists know so far about children's ebooks, interactive preschool media, and more. Lisa will be in Baton Rouge this Thursday September 18th to speak at the Distinguished Speakers Series hosted by the Academic Distinction Fund at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.