2013 April School Reform News

Issue Date: 
April, 2013
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The April issue of School Reform News reports on a Parent Trigger measure introduced by state Rep. John DeBerry (D-Memphis). The bill, making its way through the Tennessee legislature, would allow a petition by the majority of parents at schools performing in the state's bottom 20 percent to trigger one of several reforms.

Also in this issue:

  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has proposed several wide-ranging education reforms: expanding the Milwaukee and Racine voucher program statewide, developing an independent board to oversee public charter schools, allowing students to take state-funded classes outside their schools, creating a special-needs voucher program, and removing restrictions on homeschooled students taking a few classes at public schools.
  • Parents pull the third U.S. Parent Trigger in cooperation with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • Higher education must brace for change as fewer kids graduate from high school, consider college.
  • California moves to shift what state standardized reporting (STAR) tests measure, a move some worry may dilute instruction.
  • Legislation giving all teacher associations equal access to schools is revived in Kansas.
  • The evidence shows Florida achievement gains resulted from school choice, not preschool.
  • U.S. students do not learn enough math in school, writes Laurie Rogers.

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