A consistent element throughout the top education news stories of 2015 is communities, educators and parents rising up and collectively taking action.
US Ed Dept. notified Ohio it must “refrain from drawing down any Charter School Program funds” until state provides audited information about charter performance, transparency and accountability.
Parents, community members and educators unite to take back school boards from divisive ultraconservatives.
This week: Testing in Illinois and Connecticut, Campus Equity Week actions from Massachusetts and the fight for Youngstown schools in Ohio.
The next big challenge: remedying funding inequities between charters and public schools.
In Milwaukee and Youngstown, OH, educators, parents and residents are teaming up to keep their schools under local control.
This week: OH charters, the Holyoke, MA turnaround plan, CA members lobbying the Congressional Black Caucus and a plan in MI to restore tax credits for working families.
Ohio’s growing charter school crisis, long a subject of local news interest, appears to be morphing into an issue that could flatten Kasich’s presidential campaign.
When the General Assembly returns public school stakeholders want elected leaders to get to work on transparency, accountability, and funding issues linked to charters.
According to Kasich, the problem with education is that teachers, when not in class, spend their time sitting in fancy teachers lounges discussing low pay and vanishing benefits.