2011 January School Reform News

Issue Date: 
January, 2010
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The January issue of School Reform News reports on the growing popularity of the Parent Trigger, an innovative school reform measure first adopted in California and now under consideration in Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, and West Virginia, among other states.

Also in this issue:

  • Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and state legislators, facing a projected $1 billion budget deficit as they enter the biennial budget session, consider education reform and overhauling the state’s school funding mechanism to be key.
  • More than two dozen school districts and charter schools announced the red tape and compliance costs attached to the federal government’s $400 million grant to the Buckeye State are not worth their time and effort.
  • At least four school districts around Tulsa have said they will not honor a new state law providing disabled children with scholarships of up to $7,500 to attend the school of their choice. Parents may need to challenge the districts in court.
  • School reformers agree with a study contending California’s school finance formula needs a top-to-bottom overhaul, but they disagree strongly with the organization’s call for more spending.
  • Postsecondary students who take online “distance learning” classes outperform their peers who work face-to-face with teachers in a physical classroom, and some analysts say K-12 could have similar results.
  • The independence of charter schools in Georgia may hinge on a decision by the state’ s supreme court on the constitutionality of a 2009 law creating an alternative charter school authorizer in the state.

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