The June issue of School Reform News reports an independent audit of the Miami-Dade County (Florida) School Board finds corruption and mismanagement have cost taxpayers more than $100 million. Such scandals have burdened public schools across the country, reports Reason Foundation's Lisa Snell in a companion article.
This issue also reports on page one the strong achievement gains being made by students in Edison-run schools; improved performance by Chicago students who took advantage of transfer options under the No Child Left Behind Act; and a new report on whether newspapers will continue to have readers if schools aren't teaching children to read.
The issue's interview is with John Kirtley, vice chairman of the Alliance for School Choice. The "Just the Facts" feature highlights illiteracy, while other stories address California's retreat on math standards; teacher certification; special education; and awards for choice supporters in Congress, education reporting, and student writing.
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