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To Open or Not To Open: Educational Equity Under COVID

The Reinventing America's Schools Project sponsored an engaging discussion entitled "To Open or Not To Open: Educational Equity Under COVID." Over 4,000 parents, educators, advocates, funders, journalists, and policy makers registered to hear from experts in teaching, parental engagement, system leadership and health on how to equitably reopen schools in the fall. Our moderator and…

Dealing with Zoom Fatigue: Using Project-Based Learning to End the School Year on a High Note

As schools wind down from a, hopefully, once-in-a-lifetime shutdown, many students and teachers find their motivation also winding down. Educators are calling this “zoom fatigue,” referring to the commonly used teleconference platform. To end the year on a high note, teachers could turn to project-based learning (PBL), by asking students to complete a project they…

Helping Things Click, Brick-by-Brick: America’s Great Shut-in is a Chance to Engage Students in Deeper Learning

My 10-year-old nephew, like most American kids, is “doing school” at home. An only child, he misses his friends, is not learning as much as he would in the classroom (by his own and his parents’ admission), and is often-times bored. I ordered him a Lego Star Wars space fighter with a gazillion pieces to…

Blog: Does America CARE about Charter Schools?

The $2.2 trillion Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act appropriated $30.75 billion for education—almost half of which will flow to “Local Education Agencies.” These LEAs include both school districts and many charter schools or networks. But charter laws differ from state to state, and many charter schools authorized by school districts do not…

Blog: Let’s Flatten the Curve on Anti-Charter Politics

Lest anyone still thinks the teachers union in Los Angeles cares a whit about school children, its president, Alex Caputo-Pearl, has again demanded that L.A. Unified School District block any expansion of charter schools. These schools educate almost a quarter of Los Angeles County’s public school students—and do it far more effectively than district-operated schools.…

Blog: Corporate Citizens in a Time of Crisis

For parents struggling with the uncertainty of employment while also dealing with a global pandemic, paying for an internet connection may be the last thing on their minds. But with the closure of nearly every public and private school in America, many school systems are relying on the internet to make sure their students can…

Blog: Connectivity is Everything

All the Distance Learning Tools in the World Don’t Matter if Kids Can’t Get Online Now that distance learning is virtually the only learning happening, all levels of government must shift into high gear to ensure that every child in America who needs Internet connectivity has it. School districts and charter schools across the country…

On the Blog: If it’s Competition for the Goose, Why Not Competition for the Gander?

Many advocates of school choice have slammed Senator Elizabeth Warren for her new education plan, released last week. We have joined them, on Twitter. But few have pointed out the inconsistency between Warren’s embrace of competition in the rest of her plan—and in many of her economic plans—and her embrace of district monopolies in public…

Osborne, Langhorne for Medium: “The Progressive Roots of Charter Schools”

Listening to the rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidates, one would think charter schools were a Republican initiative opposed by all progressives. Read the full piece here on Medium. By David Osborne and Emily Langhorne Listening to the rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidates, one would think charter schools were a Republican initiative opposed by all progressives. Bernie…

Cribb for The 74: “The English Embrace Charter-School-Like Academies – and Learn the Free Market Is No Substitute for a Quality Authorizer”

The English Embrace Charter-School-Like Academies — and Learn the Free Market Is No Substitute for a Quality Authorizer by Phoebe Cribb, Summer Intern New Orleans is the first major U.S. city to convert all its traditional public schools to public charter schools. Now imagine an entire country moving in this direction. That is exactly what…