Virtual School Meanderings

August 7, 2016

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

Foundations Unfiltered

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Jennifer Berkshire interviews Megan Tompkins-Stange for the blog EduShyster. “Tompkins-Stange spent five years conducting confidential interviews with insiders at some of the foundations most involved in education reform. What they told her will surprise you. Or not…”

Illegal Admission Policies in California Charter Schools Detailed in ACLU Report

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Arianna Prothero shares the findings of a new report from the ACLU of Southern California. “The group analyzed admission policies on websites, in handbooks and other public materials for around 1,200 charter schools, categorizing at least 250 as having exclusionary admissions standards.”

Cyber Schools Slammed by Charters (Again)

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Peter Greene offers his personal thoughts on a new report from The Fordham Foundation, which found problems with online charters in Ohio. “So this report is kind of like having Ford do a report on the safety of Yugos. But there are charts and graphs and conclusions that sort of match what we already know. There are some charts, many words and pages here, many drawn up by the Department of Redundancy Department, but the bottom line is clear enough. Ohio cyber schools aren’t doing a very good job, and some folks you should try bricks and mortar charters instead.”

On the Relative Efficiency of New Jersey Public School Districts

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Bruce Baker and Mark Weber dig into the ‘relative efficiency’ of New Jersey public school districts. According to the authors, the findings “are consistent with previous findings in cost-efficiency literature and analyses specific to New Jersey.”

How Media Coverage of Charter Schools Changed in the Past Decade

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Rick Hess, Kelsey Hamilton, and Jenn Hatfield analyze the ‘tone’ [sic] of press coverage of charter school in 2005 to 2015. “We found that the tenor of 2015 coverage was broadly mixed, but more negative than positive. On the whole, the analysis suggested little support for oft-heard claims that the media are strongly biased for or against charter schools.”

50 years ago, one report introduced Americans to the black-white achievement gap. Here’s what we’ve learned since

Posted: 12 Jul 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Heather Hill, Harvard University, looks at one of the most influential education research reports ever released: the Coleman report. “It all started with a 700-page report that said something surprising: family background, not schools, explained most of the yawning gap between the achievement of America’s white and black students.”

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