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I found it interesting that the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign based on the report had 20% lower income students, which the report considered to be very low for a public University. The...
"organizations like Noble and UP who are willing to put in the work that you don't want to do."
What work is that? We do essentially the same work, whether charter or not. BTW, UNO teachers...
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In the News: More scrutiny for TFA—by alums
This fall, Teach For America will send a record 10,000 teachers into classrooms across the country—a third to privately run charter schools—prompting critics to charge that the organization threatens to damage the very schools it once said it set out to save, MSNBC reports.
At a time of steep cuts to education budgets, the nonprofit boasts $300 million in assets and collects tens of millions a year in public funds.
Chicago Public Schools has created an online school locator that allows a detailed search for schools by ZIP code or school name.
IN THE STATE
The Rockford Public School district is trying to bring more diversity to its teaching staff to better reflect the student population. School leaders are trying to figure out why just five percent of their teachers are black but 30 percent of students are. (WIFR.com)
The opening of schools in Downstate Cahokia will be delayed for two weeks while teacher contract talks continue. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
An internal investigation by East St. Louis administrators describes a complex and coordinated effort to cheat on state standardized exams at Officer Elementary, apparently led by the school's principal. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
IN THE NATION
80 percent of public schools have contracts with Coke or Pepsi. (Mother Jones)
One of the most vexing questions about charter schools—when low-performing ones should be shut down—is receiving new attention, amid concerns that lax and inconsistent standards for closing them will undermine the public’s confidence in the sector. (Education Week)