Friday, August 10, 2012

Why Alabama is going slow on charter schools - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Why Alabama is going slow on charter schools - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post:

Answer Sheet

Why Alabama is going slow on charter schools


This was written by Larry Lee, who led the study “Lessons Learned from Rural Schools,” a look at 10 high-performing, high-poverty rural schools in Alabama. This appeared in the Birmingham News.

By Larry Lee

The collective sigh heard across Alabama recently came from educators pleased to hear Gov. Robert Bentley tell the Alabama Association of School Boards he would not include charter school legislation in his next package of bills.
“There was just very little support for the charter school bill, including among Republicans,” the governor explained.
Any good politician is astute at reading the way the wind is blowing 

New school year: doubling down on failed ed policy

This was written by Lisa Guisbond, a policy analyst for the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known asFairTest, a Boston-based organization that aims to improve standardized testing practices and evaluations of students, teachers and schools.

Three core values of science, engineering and how ed reform contradicts them

This was written by Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.

By Arthur H. Camins
President Obama and countless reports all say that improving science and engineering literacy and ensuring a next generation of U.S. scientists and engineers are vital to our future. With the notable exceptions of