Although many Florida's citizens use public funds to purchase child care and other services from a range of providers that include religious institutions, the First District Court of Appeals in August rejected the state's Opportunity Scholarship Program because it allows students to attend religious institutions. That story leads page 1 of the October issue of School Reform News.
Also on page 1: privatization produces gains in Philadelphia; Chicago plans to replicate successful charter schools as part of its Renaissance 2010 program; and an independent evaluation confirms the value of the Teach for America teacher placement program.
This issue also addresses an attack on charter schools by the American Federation of Teachers; the success of English immersion programs in Arizona; sports vs. academics; PDK's latest opinion poll on the popularity of vouchers; new PAC deduction policies adopted by Colorado teacher unions; Atlanta's Tech High charter school; feminism and school choice; and closing the black-white achievement gap.
This month's featured interview is with James Stigler, founder of LessonLab and coauthor with James Hiebert of The Teaching Gap. A report on the Education Industry Association's EdVentures Conference, held in Evanston, Illinois on August 4-6, and the Friedman Report - School Choice Roundup round out the issue.
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