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A Milestone

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New York State's Race to the Top application was delivered to USDOE officials in Washington today, fresh off the Legislature’s passage of a cap lift bill that makes a host of amendments to the state Charter Schools Law.†With a few days of holiday rest and reflection between Friday’s frenzy and today, I still think it’s a pretty good deal.

"Awesome" Video of Duncan's Visit

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I had the privilege of joining Education Secretary Arne Duncan this afternoon during a visit to Kings Collegiate Charter School. It’s a terrific school in Brownsville, Brooklyn that, as the Secretary pointed out, is one of the best middle schools in the state. He asked a class of fifth graders what makes their school so good. I love the answer you’ll hear in this clip because it really exemplifies the love of learning and the culture of high expectations being fostered in this school and other successful schools, district or charter.

Buffalo Fails ELLs, and the Silence is Deafening

Monday, May 17, 2010

Today’s story in the Buffalo News on the Buffalo City School District’s treatment of English Language Learners is instructive of the double standard that NYSUT and others employ when it comes to charter schools and conventionally managed district schools.† Here are some quotes from a report by the Council of the Great City Schools (a report which Buffalo CSD, to its credit, commissioned):

And Then There Were Twelve

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The SUNY Board of Trustees voted today to approve six new charter school applications, leaving SUNY only 12 more charters to issue. SUNY is the only charter school authorizer with spots left under the statewide cap, and it has already received 22 applications. (There are still dozens more applications in the works, behind those applications in the state's bulging charter school "pipeline.")
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