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  • Moratorium or Mortuary? School Choice Proponents Claim Bill Would Kill Charters

    10/17/2014 8:04:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    House Democrats have introduced legislation as a measure to place a moratorium on any new charter public schools opening in Michigan. However, the pro-school choice Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) reads the bill differently. According to GLEP Executive Director Gary Naeyaert, as drafted, House Bill 5852 would eventually spell doom for all of the charter public schools in the state. “What we have uncovered is that the legislation they claim would just push the pause button on increasing the number of charter schools would, in reality, close every charter school in the state over time,” Naeyaert told Capitol Confidential. “Language...
  • Charter School Health Improves, Gives Hope to Parents and Students

    10/14/2014 9:14:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 11, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    At the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, several public charter school officials lauded the rising popularity of charter schools across the United States. Kenneth Campbell, president of Louisiana’s Black Alliance for Educational Options, Scott Pearson, executive director of the D.C. public charter school board, and Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president of state advocacy and support for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, spoke at the event. Ziebarth summarized findings from a recent study by his organization, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, on the health of public charter schools in the U.S. Their study, “The Health of the Public...
  • Despite proven academic success of NYC’s charter schools, the mayor and unions are waging a war on..

    09/13/2014 12:17:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    AEI ^ | September 12, 2014 | Mark J. Perry
    All four Harlem Success Academy charters serve primarily minority student populations (all are 93.5 to 97.1% black and Hispanic) and low-income households (75 to 80% of students at these schools qualify for free or discounted lunch), and yet all are ranked academically higher than about 97% of all schools in New York state based on 2013-2014 standardized test assessments in math and reading. What a truly amazing academic success story! Harlem Success Academy 3, an elementary school where 95.2% of the students are black or Hispanic and 80% are from poor households who qualify for free or discounted lunch, performed...
  • The Feds’ Charter School Supervision

    08/29/2014 6:45:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 28, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Charter schools are gaining momentum, and a recently-passed bill in the House of Representatives will help make it easier to start and maintain charter schools. The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, an amendment to the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, was introduced to address the growing education sector. charter school poster The concerns, elaborated by the House Education and the Workforce Committee, are that charter schools “face difficulty in securing facilities to house their schools” and “have difficulty obtaining the funds necessary to build or rehabilitate facilities.” Also, they [are] concerned about charter school quality and...
  • Sowell: Attacking Achievement

    08/11/2014 11:04:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 12, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist. The non-existent problem is the use of tests to determine who gets admitted to the city's three most outstanding public high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. These admissions tests have been used for generations, and the students in these schools have had spectacular achievements for generations. These achievements...
  • Rangel gets payback on teachers union, boosts charter schools

    07/20/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 5, 2014 | Carl Campanile
    Hell hath no fury like a congressman scorned. Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel is giving the teachers union a lesson in political retribution for snubbing him and endorsing his rival Adriano Espaillat for Congress, sources said. Rangel is hitting the union where it hurts — by vigorously supporting non-unionized charter schools. The unions have been fighting desperately to stop or slow down charter-school expansion. “The congressman was disappointed the UFT [United Federation of Teachers] dumped him for Espaillat. I see Charlie speaking out more forcefully on the charter-school issue,” said a Rangel ­insider. “He doesn’t have to be concerned about offending...
  • Basis Charter Schools, A School System A Freeper Can Be Proud Of

    06/26/2014 11:43:44 PM PDT · by Bizhvywt · 6 replies
    Vanity | 6/26/14 | BizHvyWt
    I know a lot of people on this site are against public schools, and rightly so. I just wanted to share a Charter School that does deserve credit for what they are doing. Basis Charter Schools, http://basisschools.org/ is leading a revolution in the education industry. One of my children will be attending there this year for 5th grade. He just tested into Algebra 1, for 5th grade!! There is no way that a typical public school would allow him to do that. My other child just finished 6th grade. She took Algebra 1, Latin, separate courses in Chemistry, Biology, and...
  • In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good

    05/29/2014 12:59:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2014 | Lyndsey Layton
    new orleans — NEW ORLEANS — The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old work sheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good. Benjamin Banneker Elementary closed Wednesday as New Orleans’s Recovery School District permanently shuttered its last five traditional public schools this week. With the start of the next school year, the Recovery School District will be the first in the country made up completely of public charter schools, a milestone for New Orleans and a grand experiment in urban education for the nation.
  • Charter School Fair Weather Fans Abound

    05/09/2014 8:16:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Edward Lindsey
    In the twenty-three years since Minnesota became the first state to adopt a charter school law, the legislative slog to expand educational freedom elsewhere has borne massive advancements for parents and students. Often tedious and sometimes nasty, the success of this long fight has hinged on the willingness of stout legislators in state houses across the country to forge coalitions of the unlikely. We've done that exceedingly well in Georgia and have much to celebrate as we mark National Charter Schools Week. Now, that's not to say that we haven't suffered setbacks, like in 2011, when Georgia's high court ruled...
  • Are Democrats Eating Their Own Over Charter Schools?

    03/31/2014 10:14:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2014 | Morgan Brittany
    Amidst all of the 24/7 coverage of the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, a news story did manage to bubble up from the depths and it posed an interesting question.Are Democrats really concerned about minorities and the poor?Are they really looking to help them achieve success and prosperity in life? In a move that garnered more attention than newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio probably expected, a decision was made to close some, and limit the growth of other Charter schools in New York City. De Blasio’s major foe on this issue is Success Academy Networks...
  • Sowell: Republicans and Blacks

    03/24/2014 1:17:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time — and, above all, some serious thought — into how to go about doing it. Too many Republicans seem to think that the way to "reach out" is to offer blacks and other minorities what the Democrats are offering them. Some have even suggested that the channels to use are organizations like the NAACP and black "leaders" like Jesse...
  • Leftist Government Officials Attack NYC Charter Schools

    03/24/2014 7:08:23 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Mar 2014 | John Semmens
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pleased the teachers’ union by canceling three previously approved charter schools. However, Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile wants him to go further. “Saying no to new charter schools doesn’t do anything to combat the over-achievement being inflicted on our community by the schools that are already operating,” Gentile complained. “The advocates for these schools imagine that a recitation of the learning gains for students in these schools should persuade us that they are a good thing. I maintain that this is evidence of the pernicious effects of the charter school movement.” “The learning...
  • Charter school success ignored and stymied by U.S. Senators

    03/22/2014 8:29:03 AM PDT · by usalady · 5 replies
    Examiner ^ | March 22, 2014 | Martha
    There is growing evidence that charter schools are empowering parents, pioneering fresh teaching methods, encouraging state and local innovation and help students escape underperforming schools.
  • Rahm Repeatedly Insults Chuck Todd: Something Wrong With 'Your Brain'

    03/20/2014 9:30:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about a guy who could pick a fight in a phone booth—if there were phone booths anymore . . . On today's Daily Rundown, in a conversation about charter schools, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel repeatedly insulted host Chuck Todd, suggesting he was ignorant about charter schools, was "backward" looking, and that being in Washington had affected "your brain." Todd generally took it in stride, but after one insult couldn't suppress a "wow" of amazement at Rahm's rudeness. View the video here.
  • Bill de Blasio Attacks New York City’s Charter Schools

    03/19/2014 2:06:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Patrick Hannaford
    After assuming office in January, Mayor Bill de Blasio wasted no time mounting his assault on New York City’s charter schools. His recent decision to pull the plug on three previously approved charter schools has drawn praise from teachers unions. However, some supporters have accused him of not going far enough. This view displays an ignorance of school choice and a misguided understanding of the purpose of public education. Nothing exemplifies this ignorance better than the response made by Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile. Referring to one of the 14 charter schools that were permitted to move forward by de...
  • De Blasio Is Full Of Blarney

    03/17/2014 8:20:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    I wish my Irish eyes could be smilin’ on St. Patty’s Day. But New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has stoked my Irish temper. And that’s no blarney. As an Irish lassie, I should be at the bar drinking green beer. Instead, I must be more austere. For Billy Boy is threatening to close New York’s charter schools by denying them the ability to “co-locate” or share real estate with public schools. The New York State Legislature is in the midst of budget negotiations that will impact the future of charter schools in New York and could also set a...
  • Mayor De Blasio vs. Minority Children: Defender of the powerless or of the teachers’ unions?

    03/11/2014 7:38:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2014 | Mona Charen
    Just try to envision the scene: A newly elected Republican mayor of a large American city takes steps to close down some of the best schools serving an almost exclusively minority population. You know how it would go. We’d be hearing that Republicans “hate” the poor. The words “cruel,” “vicious,” and “racist” would circle the new mayor like sharks. News organizations would examine where the mayor sent his own children, and his hypocrisy would be fiercely denounced. It is, of course, the new Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, who is shutting down a number of highly successful...
  • Sowell: The Left Versus Minorities

    03/10/2014 1:03:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left's avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now — and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things. These schools have given thousands of low income minority children their only shot at a decent education, which often means their only shot at a decent life. Last year 82 percent of the students at a charter school called Success Academy passed city-wide mathematics...
  • Tale of two rallies as 11,000 parents & kids fight for charter schools in NY

    03/05/2014 11:44:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/05/2014 | By Carl Campanile, Tara Palmeri, Aaron Short and Bruce Golding
    It was a tale of two rallies — with Mayor de Blasio getting schooled by Gov. Cuomo. An overflow crowd of 11,000 charter-school supporters braved Albany’s subfreezing weather Tuesday to cheer Cuomo as he blasted the state’s 200-plus failing public schools and declared that “parents deserve a choice” in charter schools. “We are here today to tell you that we stand with you,” the governor told the huge crowd. “You are not alone. We will save charter schools.” Cuomo pledged to ensure that “charter schools have the financial capacity, the physical space and the government support to thrive and to...
  • Mayor de Blasio Kicks 700 Kids Out of Over-Performing Schools

    03/02/2014 5:29:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Elite New York Democrats are waging a war on children. Well… At least that’s how it appears when the progressive Democrat mayor kicks 700 students out of high-performing schools, because… Well… He doesn’t really have a good reason. Ostensibly, it’s because he doesn’t want charter schools (public education facilities that govern their affairs with autonomy from New York public education directives) to share space with underperforming school districts. Proving that there are worse things than a Bloomberg-run city, de Blasio has decided to kick at least three charter school programs out of their co-location agreements with traditional public education facilities....
  • (Socialist) De Blasio starts his war on charter schools

    02/28/2014 2:46:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/14 | Frank Rosario, Carl Campanile
    Mayor de Blasio brought down the hammer Thursday on three charter schools operated by his nemesis Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms this fall. “This has to be the saddest day for the Success Academy’s children, family, teachers, school leaders,” Moskowitz said after meeting with stunned charter parents in Harlem. “Right now, our kids are being evicted. Evicted out of their school. It’s wrong and we need an explanation. You’re going to have to ask Mayor de Blasio what the motivations are for a decision that will hurt so many children now and, frankly, forever.”
  • New York's de Blasio boots charter schools from city space

    02/27/2014 6:50:28 PM PST · by gooblah · 30 replies
    Foxnews ^ | February 27, 2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took off the gloves in his battle with education reformers, rescinding an agreement for the city to share space with several public charter schools. The move undercuts educators, parents and some 700 students at four schools, including Harlem Success 4, one of the public charter school movement’s top success stories, and two set to open in the fall. While agreements at those schools were rescinded, expansion of a fourth school was also blocked. The schools were to operate rent-free in city-owned facilities under deals backed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent supporter...
  • Evidence that Charter Schools Better Serve Poor People Disparaged

    01/06/2014 8:38:30 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    A 2013 study on Michigan charter public schools done by Stanford University and a recently released study by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy showing that charter schools do a better job serving low-income students than public schools was disparaged by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as “off target.” The studies indicated that charter schools enroll a larger proportion of students from low-income families (70%) than public schools (55%). On top of this, the Stanford study found that black and Hispanic students did significantly better in reading and math when in charter schools than their peers in conventional public...
  • Thousands Rally In Support Of Charter Schools In NYC [no to Bill de Blasio]

    10/08/2013 3:03:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 8, 2013 | JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ
    (subtitled, "Many Upset Over Proposals By Dem. Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio") As many as 17,000 parents, students and educators took part in a rally Tuesday in support of New York City’s charter schools. Wearing shirts that said “Charter Schools Are Public Schools” and “My Child, My Choice,” protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall. Many charter school parents and teachers are upset over some proposals by Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio, which include ending the practice of allowing charter schools to share space in buildings with traditional public schools... “I’m here to fight for the charter...
  • Study: Taxpayer-Funded Charter Schools Cost Less than Public Schools

    10/07/2013 3:05:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2013 | Nicole Bailey
    A new study done by policy group Save Our States has discovered that publicly funded charter schools cost taxpayer less money in New York than traditional public schools - by a margin of more than $3,000 per student. Why the 24-27 percent discrepancy between charter schools and public schools? The report points to teacher benefits: Pensions and health costs for teachers and other staff are substantially higher for the traditional, unionized public schools compared to charters, which offer their employees 401ks rather than more generous defined benefit plans. The group's study directly challenges a New York City Independent Budget Office...
  • Tulsa school sends girl home over hair [dreads]

    09/05/2013 11:09:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 96 replies
    FOX 23 ^ | September 5, 2013
    administrator, Millard Jones told FOX23 that Terrance Parker was fully aware what was expected. However, for his young daughter, it just hurts. "They didn't like my dreads," said Tiana. FoX23 reviewed the school's dress code. It states, "hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable."
  • Turkey’s inside man(Iman lives in PA, USA)

    07/31/2013 6:03:46 AM PDT · by outinyellowdogcountry · 11 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 7-27-13 | Jill Nelson
    Turkey | An aging but popular exile in the United States, Fethullah Gulen is considered by many behind moves to Islamicize his native land After weeks of demonstrations in 76 cities, police forces in Turkey made one final sweep through Istanbul’s Taksim Square, arresting the remaining protesters and wiping out their tent city. That appeared to be the end of nationwide protests that injured 4,000 and left at least four dead—until a local performing artist arrived on the night of June 17 and peacefully planted himself in the square. With his hands in his pockets, the “standing man” stared solemnly...
  • Chicago Teachers Union Prez Blames 'Rich White People'

    06/20/2013 5:59:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 81 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 20, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Education: The president of the Chicago Teachers Union charges that racism and "rich white people" are to blame for the immense financial and educational crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools. Tbe Chicago Public Schools (CPS) represent everything that is wrong with public education in America. They are in thrall to the unions that run the system and bankrupt it through bloated salaries and pensions while too many of the students trapped inside graduate as functional illiterates, if they graduate at all. Poor academic performance generally, a huge budget shortfall and poorly attended schools in declining neighborhoods recently forced CPS to...
  • Maryland Blessed With $100 Million Turkish Mega-Mosque

    05/22/2013 9:17:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | May 22, 2013 | John DeMayo
    On May 15, 2013, the Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan, an anti-Semite, attended a ceremony a stone’s throw from our nation’s capital celebrating what he claims “will likely become the largest and most striking example of Islamic architecture in the Western Hemisphere.” Next year, when completed, the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center, in Lanham, Maryland “US of A,” a project of the Islamist Turkish government, will be the grandest Islamic site in the Western Hemisphere. Allah Akbar! The 15-acre neo-Ottoman empire inspired complex will have five buildings and a mosque capable of serving over 750 faithful Muslim worshipers. I have...
  • The Education Blob's Revenge

    04/24/2013 4:34:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2013 | John Stossel
    I wrote recently how teachers unions, parent-teacher associations and school bureaucrats form an education "Blob" that makes it hard to improve schools. They also take revenge on those who work around the Blob. Here's one more sad example: Ben Chavis, founder and principal of the American Indian Public Charter Schools, got permission to compete with the Blob in Oakland, Calif. Chavis vowed, "We'll outperform the other schools in five years." He did. Kids at the three schools he runs now have some of the highest test scores in California. His schools excel even though the government spends less on...
  • Biblical play with gay characters stirs controversy at South Hadley school(MA)

    03/08/2013 5:16:27 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 43 replies
    Masslive ^ | March 7, 2013 | AP
    <p>SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — The head of a western Massachusetts charter school says a student production of a play that retells the biblical story of Genesis with gay characters will go on as planned despite objections from some who say it's offensive to Christians.</p>
  • Charter School Superintendent Makes Over $339K A Year

    03/05/2013 3:41:38 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/3/2013 | Tom Gantert
    One of the most highly compensated superintendents in the state is from a charter public school whose high school received an “F” on an academic performance report card in 2012. Alison Cancilliari had a gross salary of $250,000 with a total compensation of $339,850 in 2011-12 for overseeing Summit Academy in Flat Rock and Summit Academy North in Romulus. Cancilliari oversees just over 2,000 students in five buildings. Summit Academy North High School was ranked 543rd overall out of 592 high schools and was given an “F" on the Mackinac Center report card. The report card measures student academic scores...
  • Battle over Ga. charter schools involves big money

    11/05/2012 9:02:22 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 11 replies
    timesunion ^ | 11/5/2012 | ap
    <p>ATLANTA (AP) — Campaign finance records show that supporters of Georgia's charter school amendment have outspent opponents by a significant margin.</p> <p>Voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve the proposed constitutional amendment, which would expand state influence over charter schools.</p>
  • (GEORGIA) Conservative Case Against "Charter School" Amendment

    10/31/2012 3:05:02 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 7 replies
    Self | Self
    SUBJECT: Conservative Case Against "Charter School" Amendment I am a fan of our local Milton representatives in the Georgia legislature and their passion to reform public K-12 schools. School choice, competition and other reforms are long overdue, and more "funding" for status quo won't solve anything. Having said that, no conservative leaning voter who believes in local control and real reforms should be voting for the proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools. It is fundamentally against principles of conservatism. State government take over of decisions away from "elected" local school boards is just wrong, no matter the stakes. While defeating...
  • [Atlanta] ruling: school boards can’t use taxpayer money to oppose charter amendment

    10/04/2012 12:22:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | October 3, 2012 | Wayne Washington
    School boards are not permitted to use taxpayer money to oppose the charter schools amendment, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens wrote in a letter to Superintendent John Barge Wednesday. His letter – which followed complaints about boards’ actions on that issue — doesn’t appear likely to end the argument. Rather than provide clarity, the letter itself became a sort of political Rorschach test, with amendment supporters and opponents interpreting it in starkly different ways. And superintendents and board members said they plan to press the case against an amendment they believe will lead to more charter schools and less money...
  • "A" Is for Agitation: Radical Chicago Teachers on Parade

    09/12/2012 1:10:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis walks, talks and barks like a rootsy Occupy Wall Street activist. But this Big Labor loudmouth who's leading the abandonment of nearly 400,000 schoolchildren in the Windy City is just another power-grabbing union fat cat. Instead of academic excellence, she rails about "social justice." Instead of accountability, she fumes about "profits" and curses merit pay. Lewis has marched with the Occu-clowns denouncing capitalism and promoting "socialism (as) the alternative." She raves: "Occupy Wall Street and the whole concept of the 99 percent is an extraordinarily important movement." And she earned praise as a "fist-in-the-air,...
  • Tough truths about charters, Siphoning students from private schools is not a viable path to reform

    09/06/2012 7:33:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 09.06.12 | Adam B. Schaeffer
    Is it possible for charter schools to increase educational options and diversity in the public school system but decrease diversity overall; to spend less money than regular public schools but cost taxpayers more overall, and to outperform regular public schools but decrease achievement overall? Unfortunately, it is not only possible but is happening in cities across the nation. This mix of intended and unintended outcomes is what’s known as the “charter school paradox,” which hints at the uneasy place these relatively new educational options have in our society. But it is only a paradox if we take a narrow view...
  • US Gulen Charter Schools Islamic Taxpayer Funded - 134 Schools in 26 States

    07/28/2012 9:25:07 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 3 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-27-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Fethullah GĂĽlen is a Turkish imam, considered one of the most influential imams in the world, no doubt due to his brilliant creation of taxpayer funded chartered schools with more than a whiff of Islam in the curricula - in the United States. The experiment started with full U.S. taxpayer funding. GĂĽlen Charters is the largest charter school network in the U.S. There were 134 U.S. GĂĽlen charter schools in 2010, in 26 states with 45,000 students. They continue to receive taxpayer dollars and have the distinction of being the nation's largest users of H1B visas. Teachers with poor English...
  • Needed: A New Model for Public Education

    07/12/2012 11:05:23 AM PDT · by Sopater · 8 replies
    Quality Digest ^ | 07/06/2012 | William A. Levinson
    Two thousand years ago, somebody (like the future Alexander the Great) who wanted to learn from a famous philosopher (like Aristotle) had to visit him in person, or vice versa. Written correspondence was of course possible, but every letter had to be written by hand, and it could take months to reach its destination. It was hardly possible to have an ongoing, two-way exchange of ideas under these conditions. With the invention of the printing press, it became possible for one teacher’s ideas to reach hundreds or thousands of students, and the mass production of books increased literacy rates enormously....
  • Erdo&#287;an hopes Islamic scholar Gülen returns to Turkey soon

    06/17/2012 12:59:57 PM PDT · by bayouranger
    todayszaman.com ^ | 15JUN12 | Not Listed
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has openly invited Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen to Turkey in a speech he delivered during the closing ceremony for the 10th Turkish Olympiads amid a standing ovation from a crowd of over 50,000. Erdoğan, who spoke after he was granted a special award by the organizing committee of the Olympiads, implied that Gülen, without directly mentioning his name, should return to Turkey as soon as possible. The well-known scholar has been residing in the US for nearly 13 years. “We want this yearning to end,” he said, receiving a lengthy standing ovation from...
  • The Gülen Movement: A New Islamic World Order?

    06/01/2011 11:41:05 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 14 replies
    CBN.com ^ | Wednesday, June 01, 2011 | Erick Stackelbeck
    SAYLORSBURG, Pa. -- Fetullah Gülen has been called the world's top public intellectual and the face of moderate Islam. He has held court with Pope John Paul II and received praise from former President Bill Clinton. "You're contributing to the promotion of the ideals of tolerance and interfaith dialogue inspired by Fetullah Gülen and his transnational social movement," Clinton told audience members during a video address at the World Rumi Forum in 2010. Yet others have branded Gülen a wolf in sheep's clothing and a modern day Ayatollah Khomeini. CBN News recently took a closer look at the the life...
  • I went to some of D.C.’s better schools. I was still unprepared for college.

    04/15/2012 10:11:38 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 16 replies
    Entering my freshman year at Georgetown University, I should have felt as if I’d made it. The students I once put on a pedestal, kids who were fortunate enough to attend some of the nation’s top private and public schools, were now my classmates. Having come from D.C. public charter schools, I worked extremely hard to get here. But after arriving on campus before the school year, with a full scholarship, I quickly felt unprepared and outmatched — and it’s taken an entire year of playing catch-up in the classroom to feel like I belong. I know that ultimately I’m...
  • Look What's Going On in Charter Schools

    04/10/2012 5:52:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The charter school movement was presented to the American people as a way to have more parental control over public school education. Charter schools are public schools financed by local taxpayers and federal grants. Charter schools are able to hire and fire teachers, administrators and staff and avoid control by education department bureaucrats and the teachers unions. No doubt there are some good charter schools, but loose controls have allowed a very different kind of school to emerge. Charter schools have opened up a path for foreigners to run schools at the expense of the U.S. taxpayers, without much...
  • Rick Santorum suggests opposition to public schooling

    02/16/2012 6:55:15 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 88 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | February 15, 2012 | Brian Montopoli
    Campaigning in Idaho on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum suggested that he is opposed to a public school system overseen by the government. "We didn't have government-run schools for a long time in this country, for the majority of the time in this country," he said. "We had private education. We had local education. Parents actually controlled the education of their children. What a great idea that is." Santorum's campaign did not respond to multiple requests for an explanation of whether he was calling for an end to public schooling as it now exists. But the former Pennsylvania senator...
  • School choice making public schools obsolete?

    School choice is changing the face of education in the United States in 2012. In spite of the increasing cost of public school education, parents are no longer satisfied that it is preparing their children for the competitive world of the 21st century. They are turning to home schooling or charter schools that meet their expectations.
  • VIDEO: The Golden Ticket

    12/09/2011 9:04:02 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/8/2011 | Mackinac Center
    Like many charter public schools in Michigan, South Arbor Charter Academy must hold a lottery to distribute its limited classroom slots among an overwhelming number of applicants. In this video, the parents of some 556 student-hopefuls vie for just 26 slots at this achievement - and values - focused school.
  • Free Press Misleads on Charter Schools

    12/07/2011 10:17:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/7/2011 | Michael Van Beek
    A Detroit Free Press editorial opposing legislation that would remove arbitrary caps on the number of charter public schools contains a series of misleading, inaccurate and intemperate statements. The newspaper’s opening argument exemplifies the latter: “[T]he experiment [the Legislature] is trying to inflict on children and their parents is ill-conceived and dangerous.” No charter public school has ever “inflicted” anything on parents or children, for a very basic reason: The only children who attend charters are those whose parents have voluntarily and conscientiously chosen to send them there. In fact, the Legislature cannot itself increase the number of charters —...
  • West Side charter school students say they're harassed by gangs

    09/23/2011 8:10:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    WGN-TV ^ | September 23, 2011 | Dan Ponce
    Students at the west campus of Urban Prep Academy say they’re being targeted, chased and harassed by gangbangers as they walk to and from school. Leaders of the college preparatory school and parents of students met Thursday night to discuss what can be done about the ongoing problem.
  • Charter School Accused of Becoming Adult Club at Night (Miami)

    09/02/2011 9:25:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Fox 8 ^ | 9/02/11 | Kathleen McGrory
    Charter School Accused of Becoming Adult Club at NightBy Kathleen McGrory, The Miami Herald 6:15 a.m. EDT, September 2, 2011 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY— By day, the Balare Language Academy is an A-rated charter school, home to children in kindergarten through middle school. But when the kids are tucked into bed, Balare apparently becomes a playground of a different kind. Party fliers, printed and on the Web, indicate that the campus at 10875 Quail Roost Dr. has been hosting raunchy, booze-soaked bashes into the wee hours. One flier for an upcoming party features a voluptuous, scantily clad woman posing with champagne bottles....
  • Charter school accused of becoming adult club at night in Miami-Dade

    09/03/2011 6:56:14 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 2, 2011 | Kathleen McGrory and Scott Hiaasen
    The "Push It To Da Limit: The Flossin Edition" late-night party is still scheduled to go off Saturday night — but it won't be at a south Miami-Dade charter school, as previously advertised. Miami-Dade School District officials on Friday were still trying to determine whether the Balere Language Academy — a charter school already facing financial free-fall and increased school district scrutiny — has also been doubling as an after-hours nightclub.