The October issue of School Reform News highlights the American Legislative Exchange Council's new report card on American education. Vermont tops the states when it comes to test scores but ranks at the very bottom in school reforms, while Florida earns a solid B+ for its sweeping and sustained reform efforts.
Also in this issue:
- Former governors Jeb Bush (Florida) and Bob Wise (West Virginia) are cochairmen of the new Digital Learning Council, aimed at increasing public funding for and use of Web-based learning tools in U.S. education.
- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has come out in favor of public school choice and privately run charter schools.
- The first parent to use California’s parent empowerment law talks about her petition drive to change the administration of her local middle school in a Los Angeles suburb.
- New Mexico is considering cutting funds for charter schools and preventing any new charters from opening.
- Most Americans do not want federal bureaucrats seizing the education reins from states, according to the latest Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll on public attitudes toward education.
- Waiting for Superman, the latest documentary from the director of An Inconvenient Truth, sets its sights on the nation’s foundering public education system.
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