You may have heard the buzz around the growing "opt out" movement in Philadelphia and throughout the nation. In just one city school, Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences, parents of over 100 students have opted their children out of the state standardized tests this spring.
This movement is not by accident. It has been carefully orchestrated by activist educators and parents from organizations such as the Caucus for Working Educators and United Opt Out, and it is growing by the day. The opt-out movement is a response to both the standardization of the educational experience and the damage of high-stakes testing.
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In the wake of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission's decision to reject dozens of proposed charter schools, charter school advocates are preparing to help applicants who were turned down make the most of their last chance.
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For the last several years, I've held a job at a homeless services agency with a somewhat unusual responsibility: I've helped parents navigate the charter system.
After a few years, I can't help but feel conflicted about it.
On the one hand, the charter system is an enormous drain on the traditional District system. On the other hand, having the choice to send children to high-quality charter schools is an incredible opportunity for individual families.
But even putting aside the larger question of whether it's fair for the charter system to prosper at the District's expense, there's the question of equity. Do very low-income students have the same access to charters as better-off students? In my experience, the answer is no, and for a variety of reasons -- but one in particular has rarely been discussed.
Charter school debate simply sideshow to real education issues. The Next Mayor
Why Philly’s mayoral candidates shouldn’t prioritize education. Technically Philly
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In a tough spot, the SRC got it right. Notebook
The adjudications go into more detail regarding the denials compared to reasons that charters were approved. Charter applicants have 60 days to appeal the decisions to the state Charter Appeal Board.
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A child asks for a puppy. Presented with a hole-punched gift box, he opens it with excitement, only to find a venomous snake.
So it was with the cigarette tax. As public school advocates, we pleaded for the revenue that the cigarette tax would provide. Although we got the funding we asked for, it was delivered with a life-threatening twist. The bill’s last-minute addition, which reopened the District to new charter school applications and allowed an appeal process for those rejected, threatens the existence of the District schools we sought to help. Each new charter seat added drains even further the resources needed to keep District schools afloat.
Next up on charters: Appeals. Inquirer
DN Editorial: Fix the charter situation. Daily News
Focus on fair school funding. Tribune
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We went down the rabbit hole on this one.
And in the end, the Philadelphia School District revised its own math.
After the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night to approve five new charter schools, SRC Chair Bill Green said the decision would have a "very minimal" impact on the School District's budget.
SRC feels heat for adding five charters. Inquirer
SRC blasted from both sides on charter vote. Daily News
DN Editorial: Abate and Switch. Daily News