Class Struggle: charter schools

Posted at 08:02 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Are charter schools bad at special ed?

It depends on the charter school.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:02 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  charter schools and special education, DC Prep success with learning disabilities, Emily Lawson

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 01/15/2010

Charters raising less

Someone in New York associated with a GothamSchools funder has calculated how much charter schools in New York are raising beyond the money they get from the school district. Apparently the private money has declined because of the recession.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:33 PM ET, 01/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  GothamSchools blog, New York charter schools, Philissa Cramer; private funds

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 12/04/2009

Carjacking at a top D.C. charter school

KIPP DC founder and executive director Susan Schaeffler said one non-KIPP high school student was shot and killed on the Benning Road campus last year. Ten KIPP staff cars have been vandalized and three cars have been stolen, two owned by KIPP staffers and one by a KIPP parent. "We need help securing our schools just like the traditional schools," Schaeffler said.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:12 PM ET, 12/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  D.C. charter schools, Friendship Collegiate Academy, Knowledge Is Power Program, Phil Mendelson, Susan Schaeffler, Victor Reinoso, school police protection

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 12/02/2009

Would suburban parents send their kids to D.C. schools?

“Nationally, there were 2,736 magnet schools educating roughly 2 million students in the 2005-06 school year,” Kahlenberg said in his paper. “By comparison, in that year, there were 4,000 charter schools educating about 1 million students. Like charter schools, there are good magnet schools and bad ones — and not all, by any means, are able to attract middle-class students into schools located in disadvantaged areas. But the best ones can serve as models for turning around failing schools.”

By Jay Mathews  |  10:00 PM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extra Credit | Tags:  Knowledge Is Power Program, Richard Kahlenberg, Tobin school, Wexford elementary school, achievement gap, charter schools, economic backgrounds, economic integration, magnet schools

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/01/2009

Mr. President: Be the bad guy, start closing schools.

Start closing bad charter schools, Mr. President. The teachers union officials who have long thought charters, most of them not unionized, as the enemy will applaud your squashing those vermin. The pro-charter people will support you too, because they have long argued that the great advantage of charters is that unsuccessful ones can be closed quickly and easily.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Arne Duncan, Blue Ribbon Schools, Obama the Terminator, Race to the Top, bad schools, charter schools

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 11/30/2009

Understand the charter school debate in just 2 minutes

I will have a blog post shortly on a way President Obama could bring both sides of the charter debate together in a joint effort on a particular issue that would help everybody.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:14 PM ET, 11/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Carolyn Hoxby, President Obama, charter schools

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 07/23/2009

Jay on the Web: Joy and Equality in Public Education

Houston high school teacher, Jesse Alred, of the Examiner, wrote an interesting analysis of one of Jay Mathews' columns about balancing hard work with play and injecting more joy into the classroom. Alred agrees with Mathews on "the joy factor,"...

By Sarah Mimms  |  02:01 PM ET, 07/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Jay Mathews, charter schools, equality, public education

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/02/2009

The Evolution of Randi Weingarten, Part 2

Many scoffed, with good reason, at my suggestion a few weeks back that American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten was going soft on the rising generation of pugnacious and vaguely anti-union school innovators and their billionaire backers. I wasn’t...

By Washington Post editors  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Trends | Tags:  aft weingarten rhee charter schools

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 06/01/2009

Charter Schools Provide Good Model on Teacher Pay

It is hard for me to find a school leader with a track record for raising student achievement who does not admire almost everything Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is doing with the D.C. schools. Yeah, I said almost. One...

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:26 AM ET, 06/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro Monday | Tags:  charter schools, merit pay for teachers

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 05/27/2009

Jay on the Web: Mathews on KIPP Charter Schools

Jay's latest book, "Work Hard. Be Nice."chronicles a breed of charter schools called the Knowledge is Power Program, or KIPP. KIPP has had stunning success at improving the test scores of low-income students by focusing on mentoring, rigorous student...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:32 PM ET, 05/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  KIPP, charter schools

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 05/04/2009

Rare Alliance May Signal Ebb In Union's Charter Opposition

I didn't see many other reporters Tuesday in the narrow, second-floor meeting room of the Phoenix Park Hotel in the District. A U.S. senator's party switch and new National Assessment of Educational Progress data were a bigger draw. But...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:08 AM ET, 05/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro Monday | Tags:  American Federation of Teachers, charter schools