Monday’s School Reform News Roundup

Published April 15, 2012

Do school workers scam taxpayers by filing for unemployment on scheduled breaks like Easter and spring break?

Ohio’s special education vouchers help students get the personal attention they need, argues the Lima News editorial board. 

Southern states such as Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have recently seen a surge in legislative proposals to encourage the growth of public charter schools. 

How school districts can stretch the school dollar.

Andy Rotherham outlines three main obstacles to school reform: we spend too much on it, have few ways to measure teacher performance, and the system is change-adverse.  

From last week:

Nearly 19,000 students applied for vouchers in Ohio, approximately 5,000 of whom were new applicants, reports theColumbus Dispatch.

“It shouldn’t be among the president’s priorities to single out for attack a tiny federal program that not only works but also enjoys bipartisan support,” writes the Washington Post editorial board of the D.C. voucher program.

Sixteen New York teachers, some accused of molesting or sexually exploiting their students, are back in the classroom, thanks to the local teachers union.

Detroit Public Schools has laid off all its teachers and staff. 

GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney may endorse vouchers, says Chester Finn Jr., though the voucher momentum is likely to slow nationwide for structural reasons. 

Why failed charter schools are a good thing.


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