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CHARTER SCHOOLS

Review of Charter Funding: Inequity Expands Another national report claiming charter schools are inequitably funded contains a fatal fundamental flaw that makes all its conclusions useless for education policymakers. The Charter School Funding report  openly ignores significant costs such as special education services and facilities, which disproportionately impact public school district revenues and expenditures – and which charter schools mostly avoid. Find out why policymakers should ignore it.
The Effects of Poverty, Minority Status and Charters on Florida Public Schools:
Elementary
High school
As the push continues to expand Charter school options for Florida students, a University of Central Florida researcher says Charter schools they don’t perform as well as traditional district public schools. The study concludes, The average charter school is doing about the same as the non-charter school when no adjustments are made for poverty and minority statuses.  When the adjusted scores are considered, the average charter school performs significantly worse than the average non-charter school. Read related the articles. Public schools outperform charter schools
Is Administration Leaner in Charter Schools?
Resource Allocation in Charter and Traditional Public Schools
Proponents of school choice argue that instead of spending on instruction that could improve student learning, traditional public schools spend too much on administration. Charter schools are said to devote a larger share of their budgets to instruction to improve student outcomes. But is this the case? A new report from the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education finds that on average, Michigan charters spent $774 more per pupil per year on administration and $1,141 less on instruction than traditional schools. The study raises important questions about the claim that traditional public schools spend too much on administration.

 

Charter Schools: How Many Bucks for the Desired Bang?

Do charter schools live up to their supporters’ claim that they deliver a better education for less money? The report explains that most studies highlighting or documenting a successful charter school have sidestepped or downplayed cost implications while focusing on specific programs and strategies in those schools. The broad conclusion across these studies is that charter schools or traditional public schools can produce dramatic improvements to student outcomes in the short- and long-term by implementing “no excuses” strategies and perhaps wrap-around services. Most charter school studies conclude that these strategies either come with potentially negligible costs, or that higher costs, if any, are worthwhile since they yield a substantial return.
Using Charter School Legislation and Policy to Advance Equal  Educational Opportunity

The expansion of charter schools has led to classrooms being more segregated today than they were 30 years ago, according to this new policy brief. The brief provides policymakers with detailed recommendations on how to ensure all students have access to a quality education. Accompanying this brief is a companion report which offers model legislation to carry out the author’s recommendations contained in the policy brief.

CLASS SIZE
Investing in Our Future: Returning Teachers to the Classroom

This White House report looks into the impact of the recession on education and the need to reinvest in our schools. According to the report, more than 300,000 education jobs have been slashed in communities across the country since 2009, resulting in a 4.6 percent increase in the teacher‐to‐student ratio between the fall of 2008 to the fall of 2010. Read more

New Schools, Overcrowding Relief and Achievement Gains in Los Angeles – Strong Returns from a $19.5 Billion Investment, PACE, August 2012

A nearly $20-billion effort to reduce overcrowding in city schools has paid off -- at least for elementary school students in the  Los Angeles Unified School District, according to a new study. Researchers looked at the more than 20,000 students who moved into 73 new facilities built between 2002 and 2008, finding that elementary school students improved their scores as much as they would have if the school year was increased by 25 to 35 days. Read about the study: http://www.edsource.org/today/2012/report-new-schools-boost-scores-for-younger-lausd-students-only/19005

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Rest Is Not Idleness: Reflection Is Critical for Development and Well-Being

Researchers have surveyed existing literature from neuroscience and psychological science, exploring what it means when our brains are at rest. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the University of Southern California and her colleagues believe research on the brain at rest yields important insights into the centrality of reflection and quiet time for learning. Research indicates that when children are given time and skills necessary for reflecting, they become more motivated, less anxious, perform better on tests, and plan more effectively for the future. Read more

COMMOM CORE STANDARDS
Education Week Common Core Standards Implementation Reports Nearly every state has signed on to use the Common Core State Standards as a framework for teaching English/language arts and mathematics to students. This series of reports from edweek.orgexamines the progress some states have made in implementing the standards, what preparations need to be undertaken, and the challenges that policymakers and educators face in achieving the goals of the standards.

 

Putting a Price Tag on the Common Core: How Much Will Smart Implementation Cost?

Putting a Price Tag on the Common Core: How Much Will Smart Implementation Cost? estimates the implementation cost for each of the forty-five states (and the District of Columbia) that have adopted the Common Core State Standards and shows that costs naturally depend on how states approach implementation. States face key spending decisions as they implement the Common Core State Standards, and this study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute finds that individual states could save as much as $927 million—or spend as much as $8.3 billion—depending on the approaches they choose in three vital areas: curriculum materials, tests, and professional development.

 

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