The results are out from the 2011-12 state tests for Math and English Language Arts (ELA) in grades 3-8, and New York City charter schools once again have reason to feel proud and hopeful, though by no means content.
Charter school educators are big on “grit,” that teachable character trait that helps at-risk students persevere to and through college. As a movement, charter schools have learned our own lessons about grit. We started with grand aspirations, to which we still fervently hold, but we also know that progress never comes as fast as one would like. We have learned, as well, that the problems we are working on aren’t solvable with a single tactic or strategy.
That's the most charitable way to read the Daily News columnist's coverage of Success Charter Network's request for a fee increase, which falsely implies that it would result in more public dollars flowing to the Harlem-based charter schools.
Mary Ann Giordano from the Times put it best: "And who says co-located schools can’t get along?" Ms. Giordano is referring to a district-charter co-location collaboration that took place on Saturday in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
What choices are charter schools providing? What are their results? Who are their students? And what is the outlook for charter schools' future? The Charter Center is pleased to release a new report on "The State of the NYC Charter School Sector," which provides a data-rich look at these critical questions.
Bill Phillips of NYCSA has written an excellent analysis of the Board of Regents’ decision yesterday to decline renewal of Pinnacle Charter School in Buffalo, a low-performing school in which only one in five students was at standards—after eight years of operation.
Check out the new video from the March 16 Education Town Hall that aired on KISS FM's Open Line radio show with Bob Slade, Bob Pickett and James Mtume. The Town Hall was hosted by the New York City Charter School Center, KISS FM and Bronx Preparatory Charter School.
This weekend the Charter Center, KISS FM and Bronx Preparatory Charter School hosted an Education Town Hall that aired on KISS FM's Open Line radio show with Bob Slade, Bob Pickett and James Mtume. Panelists, including Valerie Babb, Recy Dunn, James Merriman, Charlene Reid, Drema Brown, Andrea Zayas and Samantha Tweedy addressed hot-button issues and spoke openly and honestly about the role of charter schools in public education.
Whenever a charter school authorizer starts the process of revoking a school’s charter, the reactions are predictable. Though the revocation is not final, edu-journalists are fascinated. Teachers and families are justifiably concerned. Authorizers are tight-lipped. Charter advocates like us try to calmly remind everyone that, in the charter school sector, this is what accountability looks like. But everyone agrees that it is a sad day.
Today, teacher data reports for some 32 charter schools will be released to the public, following release of TDRs for district teachers as part of the Teacher Data Initiative. There are two distinct issues worth commenting on: the particularities of the charter school data and the errors therein, and the general issue of public release of such data.