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‘I’m sorry it’s come to this’: Why Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year is moving to Texas to work - The Washington Post
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Jersey Jazzman: Facts About Newark Charter Schools

Jersey Jazzman: Facts About Newark Charter Schools:

Facts About Newark Charter Schools

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It's just so old:

Their main criticisms of charters are that they skim the best students from the district and draw money away from district schools. But Newark's universal enrollment system puts a firm hand on the scale to ensure that charters take their fair share of harder-to-educate kids. And in Camden, charter leaders run neighborhood schools that guarantee enrollment to all area students. A kid's fate is not left to a lottery. [emphasis mine]
That is the Star-Ledger Editorial Board, once again writing a love letter to charters. Once again, I am here to set them straight.

I just went over the clear differences between charter school and public, district school student populations in Camden. A few tweaks of the code, and here's pretty much the same data for Newark.



As a proportion of total population, the Newark Public Schools enroll many more students with the costliest special education disabilities. Again, we've been over this time and again: while some Newark charters have upped their enrollments of Jersey Jazzman: Facts About Newark Charter Schools:



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Party down: State, national progressives are getting involved in local school board elections | Education | Dallas News

Party down: State, national progressives are getting involved in local school board elections | Education | Dallas News:
Party down: State, national progressives are getting involved in local school board elections


The Texas Democratic Party wants a larger pool of attractive, experienced candidates.
So does the national progressive movement.
Both groups are willing to dive into nonpartisan school board elections in Texas to make that happen.
The Texas Democrats and Our Revolution — the remnants of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign — have taken the unusual step of jumping into a Dallas ISD race, endorsing challenger Lori Kirkpatrick over incumbent Dustin Marshall. Kirkpatrick finished first in the District 2 race, just 14 votes shy of avoiding a runoff election with Marshall, despite being a political novice.
The state party threw similar support behind nearly a dozen school board candidates in the Dallas and Houston areas.
Depending on the race, such endorsements could have a significant impact, legitimizing one candidate over another and potentially transforming school board policies. All of this appears to have been done, though, without too much bother about the specifics of the local races.
Such efforts are part of a wider movement to incubate a group of candidates for future partisan elections — "building a bench," as it’s called.
“The Democrats have been stymied in terms of expanding their bench in partisan state-level offices,” said Rice University political scientist Mark Party down: State, national progressives are getting involved in local school board elections | Education | Dallas News:


‘I’m sorry it’s come to this’: Why Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year is moving to Texas to work - The Washington Post

‘I’m sorry it’s come to this’: Why Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year is moving to Texas to work - The Washington Post:

‘I’m sorry it’s come to this’: Why Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year is moving to Texas to work

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Shawn Sheehan is a teacher of special education at Norman High School in Norman, Okla., and he was the 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, as well as a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. Sheehan has been teaching for more than five years, an active member of a profession that he had not expected to join.
Sheehan comes from a military family, and when he was in college, he decided to follow his father into the Air Force. A month before he was commissioned, he was found to have a kidney-related illness that disqualified him. Though he recovered, he was still thought to be too much of a risk and was refused again. In his biography for the Teacher of the Year program, he wrote, “I was heartbroken that I couldn’t serve my country and uncertain of what to do with my life.”
But he found a new purpose. During the summer and in after-school programs, Sheehan had worked with students with disabilities and coached Special Olympics teams. He realized that he could serve his country in a different way — and he became a teacher.
Now he says he can’t think of doing anything else — except not in Oklahoma. Sheehan and his wife, Kaysi Sullivent Sheehan, have accepted teaching jobs in Texas, where salaries for educators are higher. In this post, a version of one he published on his blog and gave me permission to republish, he explains why he and his family are moving and how hard it was to make the decision. He has been weighing the decision publicly on his blog. You can read, for example, this post, “All I Want for Christmas is a Reason to Keep Teaching in Oklahoma. He didn’t find it.
According to a report by the National Education Association this month, the average public school teacher salary in 2016 was $58,353. Oklahoma was ranked 49 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an average salary of $45,276. The top average salary was in New York, at $79,152. And Oklahoma ranked 44th in expenditures for public K-12 students per student in average daily attendance.
My Post colleague Emma Brown wrote a story about the financial difficulties facing public ‘I’m sorry it’s come to this’: Why Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year is moving to Texas to work - The Washington Post: