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Special Education Students and Charter Schools « A "Fuller" Look at Education Issues

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Special Education Students and Charter Schools

Posted on November 21, 2011

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Not much here but a table. The table lists the number and percentage of public and charter districts that enroll at least 1 student in each special education category. It appears to me that fewer charter districts enroll the most difficult and costly to instruct special education students. For example, 40% of public districts in Texas enroll at least one student with traumatic brain injury. Only 7% of charter districts enroll such children. Almost 59% of public districts have visually impaired children while only 7% of charter districts have such children. In all but two categories, a greater percentage of public districts enrolled students in the specific category than charter districts.

Schools Matter: "[N]ot the Time. . .to Follow the Line of Least Resistance"

Schools Matter: "[N]ot the Time. . .to Follow the Line of Least Resistance":

"[N]ot the Time. . .to Follow the Line of Least Resistance"

"[N]ot the Time. . .to Follow the Line of Least Resistance"

In a major journal from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), a teacher and scholar laments the current state of implementing the research in language: "A brief consideration will indicate reasons for the considerable gap between the research currently available and the utilization of that research in school programs and methods" (p. 87).

And the discussion of that gap between research and pedagogy leads to this conclusion:
"Most thinking persons agree that the existence of civilized man is threatened today. While language is not food or drink, and will not satisfy the hungry and thirsty, it is the medium by which we must do much of our learning and panning, and by which we must think out solutions to our problems if we are not to solve them by the direct method of force. No sensible person believes that language will cure all difficulties; but the thoughtful person will certainly agree that language is a highly important factor in promoting understanding, and a most dangerous factor in promoting

Kimble's Corner: My Thanksgiving Memories

Kimble's Corner: My Thanksgiving Memories:

My Thanksgiving Memories

Thanksgiving was always a special time for my family when I was growing up. My father worked very hard to give us an upper middle class lifestyle, but he never wanted us to forget the type of poverty that his father used to pretend he came from.

On Thanksgiving, we didn’t have a fancy feast. We used to go down to the local kitchen where we would see those much less fortunate than ourselves and we would stand in line to eat their simple fair. It wasn’t fancy, but you could see that for some of these people it was the only real food they’d get that day and maybe that week.

Wow. « Student Activism #ows

Wow. « Student Activism:

Wow.

From the homepage of the UC Davis Department of English:

The faculty of the UC Davis English Department supports the Board of the Davis Faculty Association in calling for Chancellor Katehi’s immediate resignation and for “a policy that will end the practice of forcibly removing non-violent student, faculty, staff, and community protesters by police on the UC Davis campus.” Further, given the demonstrable threat posed by the University of California Police Department and other law enforcement

Jersey Jazzman: Reformy Turf Wars?

Jersey Jazzman: Reformy Turf Wars?:

Reformy Turf Wars?

Speaking of Derrell Bradford: we never really did get a full accounting of how and why he left Excellent Eduction for Everyone (E3), the voucher... uh, sorry, scholarship proponents here in New Jersey. Derrell went to Better Education for Kids (B4K), a shop set up using scads of hedge fund money, with great fanfare. I read a fair bit of the coverage when he left, and I don't remember anyone asking him who was going to step in at E3.

These days, it looks like B4K is a bit cooler to the idea of vouchers than E3 was under Bradford; a little odd considering he used his life story to sell the idea of vouchers while he was at E3. And while B4K took over the spotlight, E3 seemed to disappear - until now:
The new group will join another stalwart of the voucher wars, Excellent Education for Everyone (E3), now in its 13th year. E3 is a cosponsor of the rally on December 1 and

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Are there really too many 'mediocre' charter schools?

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Are there really too many 'mediocre' charter schools?:

Are there really too many 'mediocre' charter schools?

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Right-wing think-tankers at the Fordham Institute are looking for answers and I'm sure they'll find them. You see, it's all in how you pose the question.

Their latest quest has to do with charter schools. Fordham, which doubles as a charter school lobbying and support group in Ohio, and their business-minded partners, Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust (CEE-Trust), are getting together to ponder whether or not so-called charter incubators can "can solve the problem of too many mediocre charter schools."

Right away, just by the way the question is asked, you can assume that the answer is yes. Otherwise why would they go to all thetrouble to

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