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Forever Schools

Peter Greene | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Wouldn't it be interesting if charter school companies had to sign contracts that, say, bound them to keeping a school open for ten, fifteen, twenty years whether they were making money or not.

On Charter Schools, Say This, Not That

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

A handy new guide to charter school messaging ensures that never again will you accidentally say *market share* when you mean *student share* or *businesses* when what you really meant to mean all along was *schools.*

How School Closures Across The Country Are Failing Black And Latino Children

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 05.15.2014 | Latino Voices

In some of the country's largest cities, public school closures have become a familiar occurrence -- a phenomenon some community groups have blasted a...

Joy Resmovits

Obama Visit To New York Tech School Highlights Battle Over Closings

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama's visit on Friday to a Brooklyn public school operated in partnership with IBM puts him, perhaps unwittingly, in th...

School Closures Need More Consideration

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It's been a rough year for public schools on the chopping block for closings. In May, the Chicago Board of Education decided to close 50 public scho...

Joy Resmovits

The Death Of A School District?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

The deathwatch over a tiny school district in Michigan continues as its schools remain closed. Despite teachers' offers to work for free for at lea...

Closing Schools Despite the Data

Elaine Weiss | Posted 05.27.2013 | Chicago
Elaine Weiss

Parents, students, teachers, and principals are right to seek policy decisions based on evidence, not the popularity of current reforms, and to put a stop to those that harm students, schools, and their communities.

Ed Today: Denver School Cheating, Moody's Likes Philly School Closings

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Colorado Cheating? According to Ed News Colorado, about 35 high school students figured out how to go into their teachers' computer system. They changed their grades on instant "mastery tests" to make it look as if they'd entered the correct answers in the first place. Thirty-five kids in a major urban school district is proportionally small, but keep in mind that the mastery test is a low-stakes, formative assessment. As high-stakes standardized tests become digitized, is this something we're going to see happen more often?

Ed Today: Antonio Villaraigosa's Education Reforms Questioned By Mayoral Contenders

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Reform Fatigue In L.A.? "Antonio Villaraigosa Led The Way On Education Reform, But His Potential Successors Are Reluctant To Pick Up The Torch," reads the headline of an L.A. Weekly blog post.. The two top mayoral contenders to replace Villaraigosa at the helm of the nation's second largest school district aren't campaigning Villaraigosa-style reforms. The West Coast city's dynamic seems to echo New York's -- mayoral candidates have eschewed, for the most part, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big, controversial reform agenda.

Extreme Cold Forces Schools To Close Across Upper Midwest

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 03.24.2013 | Education

MADISON, Wis. — Homeless people scrambled to find shelter, schools closed down and plumbers wrestled with frozen pipes Tuesday as the Upper Midw...

White House On School Safety, No School Closure Savings? Ed Tonight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

No Closure Cash? A recent trend in urban education has been school closures. New York City recently made headlines for releasing a lengthly list of schools slated to be closed. Philadelphia has made similar news. And Chicago is now deciding which of its "underutilized" schools it will close. A similar thread between all these closures has been the argument that closing schools saves money. But a new study adds to the growing body of evidence that shows this may not actually be true.

New Jersey Teachers Provide Support For Young Storm Victims

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

Hurricane Sandy devastated communities along the east coast and kept New Jersey and New York students out of school for a week or more. Families went ...

Goodbye to PS 154 in the Bronx?

Peter Zucker | Posted 12.26.2012 | New York
Peter Zucker

So, what is new? My school, PS 154 in the Bronx has been slated for closure. Actually a decision has yet to be made, but rather the euphemism, "Early ...

Judge Blocks City's Sweeping Plan To Close Schools, Fire Thousands Of Teachers

Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

New York City suffered yet another round of defeat Tuesday in an effort to shutter 24 city schools, fire much of their teachers and administrative sta...

Superintendent Bans School Sports To Save District

Posted 03.24.2012 | Education

In a desperate effort to boost student performance and save a school system from closure, one Texas school district has made the mid-year decision to ...

Students Rally At Philadelphia Schools Slated To Close

AP | Posted 03.10.2012 | Education

PHILADELPHIA — Students at several Philadelphia-area Catholic schools slated for closure staged rallies Monday to voice their opposition to an a...

48 Philadelphia Catholic Schools To Close, Reorganize

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 03.07.2012 | Education

PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to shutter about a quarter of its Roman Catholic high schools and close or combine nearly 3...

Two Bay Area Charter Schools To Close

Robin Wilkey | Posted 02.27.2012 | San Francisco

Last week, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) called for the closure of ten underperforming charter schools in the state -- and San Fra...

Still Full of Life, 114-Year-Old Philadelphia School Faces Closure

| Benjamin Herold and Jessica Kourkounis | Posted 02.15.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and WHYY's Newsworks. Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary School, now 114 years...

Columbus High Schools Face Closures From Under-Enrollment

The Columbus Dispatch | Jennifer Smith Richards | Posted 12.17.2011 | Education

The Columbus school district has closed 40 schools in the past seven years. None was a high school. But after losing thousands of students, some hi...

Where's the Evidence? Serious Inadequacy of 'Race To The Top' School Turnaround Models

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 07.24.2011 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

What's needed in the ESEA reauthorization is an approach that builds on the strategies that do substantially help schools improve -- one supported by evidence of success.

Closing the Other Gap

David Donaldson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Donaldson

The buzz words in education often focus on achievement or access gaps, but there is another gap that needs to be addressed, the financial gap.

ONE-QUARTER Of Detroit Schools To CLOSE In June

AP | COREY WILLIAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

DETROIT — Doors are expected to shut on more than a quarter of Detroit's 172 public schools in June as the district fights through steadily decl...

Chicago Public Schools Face Hundreds Of Layoffs, Furloughs As Deficit Nears $975 Million

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While the state's massive budget problem is not news to anyone at this point, the solution to this problem may come at more of a cost than Illinoisans...