Fiscal waist-trimming and "collaborative conferencing"

  • Do charter
    schools skim the top students from traditional public schools? A new policy brief from the Urban
    Institute
    attempts to
    answer this question in the context of Washington DC, one of the nation’s
    largest alternative schooling hubs, analyzing the family incomes and academic
    proficiency levels of DC students that exercise school choice.
  • It’s time
    for Ohio to go on a diet. That’s the sentiment, at least, of State Auditor Dave
    Yost, who recently launched Skinny Ohio, a website to share the best
    cost-cutting ideas from around the state with local governments and school
    districts trying to make ends meet (and avoid bad cuts).
  • “Confessions of a school ranker” is Jay Matthews’s analysis of
    school ranking systems in light of the recently-released results of his High School
    Challenge
    project,
    which provides yearly rankings of the nation’s top 1900 public high schools. At
    the top of the list this year was the Dallas, TX School of Science and
    Engineering Magnet. Ohio’s top school was Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills High
    School, which ranked #73 overall.
  • Collective
    bargaining not your style? If you live in Tennessee, rejoice: “Collaborative
    conferencing” is coming to town. Education
    Week
    reports that a new law recently enacted
    by the Tennessee legislature would give school boards more power than they
    previously had in negotiations with union representatives, but wages,
    insurance, working conditions, and the like are still on the bargaining—er, conferencing—table.

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