Fiscal waist-trimming and "collaborative conferencing"
May 24, 2011
- 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
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.
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.