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New Book Offers Window Into Selective Public High Schools

Education Week News (blog)
Although public schools that admit students based on academic performance are rare, and the practice controversial, such institutions do exist. A new book takes a look under the hood of America's small set of selective public high schools, an "obscure ...

John Minto: Olympic medal hopes nurtured in state schools
New Zealand Herald
What do James Hargest College in Invercargill and Palmerston North Boys High School have in common? Aside from being state secondary schools they each have two ex-students who won medals in the London Olympics. Hargest's Nathan Cohen and ...

Teachers, Unions and Education Reform
New York Times
No data suggest that schools based on the “reformer” practices have greater success than the vilified public schools when the playing fields are level, but that seems to matter little. We need to give real educators a voice, along with parents and ...

Quakertown Community School Board takes first step toward building more ...
WFMZ Allentown
Quakertown Community School Board. QUAKERTOWN, Pa. -. In a public meeting room where three-quarters of the seats were empty, the school board voted to get the community back into Quakertown Community School District. On Thursday night, the board ...

Charters part of a broader plan to reshape and reform public schools
The Seattle Times
Charters part of a broader plan to reshape and reform public schools. It's never easy to dismantle entrenched power structures. Initiative 1240, Washington's experimental toe dip into charter schools, promises to be serious heavy lifting.

Chicago teachers prepare to strike
Examiner.com
22, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school board members authorized spending $25 million on a contingency plan if Chicago teachers strike for the first time in 25 years. Prior to the board meeting, teachers picketed outside the district office. Karen ...

Why Public School Leaders Must Embrace Social Media Now
Forbes
The following is a guest post by Joel Gagne, CEO of Allerton Hill Consulting. For close to a decade, social media has been upending industries, from journalism to entertainment. But many public school leaders have remained on the sidelines, fearful and ...

Public school districts in region lose $2.6 million through voucher transfers
Monroe News Star
Northeastern Louisiana districts are predicted to lose more than $2.6 million in minimum foundation program money during the 2012-13 school year because of students transferring from low performing public schools to nonpublic schools. Preliminary ...

Conspiracy Theory: Privatizing Public Education
Education Week News (blog)
Many people in the public may not understand what is happening to the public school system. They hear stories about new curriculum or state tests and believe that those things don't impact schools too much. The truth is, schools have seen hard times ...

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