The November 2008 issue of School Reform News highlights charter schools. On page 1:
* The Florida Supreme Court removed two amendments from the November 4 ballot that would have protected the state’s existing school choice programs while creating an opportunity to implement additional choice options.
* Recent reports of New Jersey teachers and administrators padding their salaries and retirement packages by receiving bogus degrees from unaccredited and suspect online universities has spurred a state legislator into action.
* As Detroit’s population dwindles, the city’s public school system is losing students ... but the city could be getting more charter schools.
* A study by a national education group shows the competition provided by Ohio’s Educational Choice Scholarship program is having positive effects not only on voucher recipients but on the state’s public schools as a whole.
Also in this issue: Georgia vouchers, teachers, homeschooling, autism, cash-for-grades, the presidential candidates’ positions on education reform, and more. The issue offers an exclusive interview with Patrick Byrne, founder of Overstock.com and co-chairman of the board of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, and a review of Charles Murray’s new book, Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality.
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