Charter schools have often been seen as a threat to traditional schools, diverting resources and students to these publicly funded but privately run institutions. In Houston, Texas, the superintendent of one school district has invited competing charter schools to set up shop alongside a regular middle school. Special correspondent John Merrow reports on their evolving partnership. Continue reading
In September, New Orleans will be the country’s first all-charter school district. The evolution was accelerated after Hurricane Katrina, when state officials and others seized the opportunity to overhaul the city’s troubled schools. Special education correspondent John Merrow and Sarah Carr, author of “Hope Against Hope,” join Jeffrey Brown to discuss the transition and its national implications. Continue reading
When students in the New Orleans Recovery School district head back to class next fall, not one will be attending a traditional public school. The Louisiana city’s Recovery School District, formed after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, closed its last five neighborhood schools this week, making it the first in the country comprised completely of charters.
Charter school enrollment has soared from about 300,000 a little more than a decade ago to nearly 2 million students nationwide. But the expansion of charter schools, whose public funding is supplemented with private donations, has created serious competition for limited resources and space. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on the ongoing battle in New York. Continue reading
Good teachers can help students stay in school and keep them from dropping out. But what must schools do to keep top teachers from burning out and leaving the field? Hari Sreenivasan has the story of a Connecticut school that uses a checklist to evaluate and keep the best teachers in the classroom. Continue reading
Special correspondent John Tulenko looks at some schools that institute real world applications into lesson plans and emphasize the importance of improvement over intelligence. The schools are less interested in testing but rather making sure students have the life skills they need once they leave the classroom. Continue reading
Full-time public cyber schools are now an option in 30 states, allowing some 250,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade to press buttons to raise their hands and message their teachers. John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television reports from Pennsylvania where the demand for online charter schools is high. Continue reading
A number of failing schools in the San Diego area are adjusting their practices to meet standards under the No Child Left Behind law. Special correspondent for education John Merrow continues a series of reports on the law and how it is affecting U.S. education. Continue reading