DCPCSA August 2015 Newsletter

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August 2015 Newsletter Lessons from the trenches on making school choice work
By Ashley Jochim

August 12, 2015- In the United States, what school a child attends is determined in large part by where she lives. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly three-quarters of American children attend schools assigned to them based on their residence. Read more

Goodwill of Greater Washington eyes space for new adult charter school
By Tina Reed
Washington Post

August 12, 2015- Goodwill of Greater Washington is poised to begin creating a new charter school for adults a few blocks from the White House. Earlier this year, the D.C. Public Charter School Board granted a conditional approval for Goodwill to open a charter high school for adults. Read more

D.C. students will be riding Metro for free this year
By Abigail Hauslohner
Washington Post

August 17, 2015- D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Monday boarded a Metro train with a group of D.C. public school students to kick off an initiative that will allow them to ride free. Read more

Exclusive Interview with Darren Woodruff, Chairman DC Public Charter School Board
By Mark Lerner
Washington Post

August 18, 2015- I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down recently for an interview with Dr. Darren Woodruff, the chairman of the DC Public Charter School Board. I asked Dr. Woodruff how he first became involved with public charter schools in the nation’s capital. Read more

Blended Learning Leaders Are Over the Honeymoon—and Rolling Up Their Sleeves
By Alex Hernandez
EdSurge News

August 3, 2015- This summer, I spoke to leaders at six public charter school networks who are now wily veterans in the art of blending teacher-led instruction with online learning--also known as “blended learning”. Their titles range from Innovation Manager to Director of Individualized Learning, meaning they work directly with teachers to effectively incorporate edtech in the classroom. Read more

It’s no secret that most professional development for teachers is awful. Less well known is that some of it is great.
By Valerie Strauss
Washington Post

August 14, 2015- It’s no secret that a lot of professional development given to teachers is worthless. Teachers themselves have complained about it for years. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has repeatedly declared that PD is largely a waste of billions of dollars a year. Read more

Can We Interest You in Teaching?
By Frank Bruni
New York Times

August 12, 2015- Teaching can’t compete. When the economy improves and job prospects multiply, college students turn their attention elsewhere, to professions that promise more money, more independence, more respect. Read more

How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge
By Frank Bruni
New York Times

August 12, 2015- Teaching can’t compete. When the economy improves and job prospects multiply, college students turn their attention elsewhere, to professions that promise more money, more independence, more respect. Read more

The Obligations of High-Output Charter High Schools
By Paul Hill

August 26, 2015- For good reason, the most widely admired charter high schools are the ones that take kids from the highest-risk categories (poverty, one parent, big city, black or Hispanic, male) and get them into and through selective colleges.Read more

An Alternative View on Charter Schools and Backfill
By Robin Lake

August 26, 2015- After more than 20 years of working together, Paul Hill and I have finally found something we might really disagree on. Paul has legitimate concerns about the “backfill” issue (whether charter schools should be required to take students mid-year or after traditional entry grades), concerns that are grounded in his research with Gail Foster and Tamar Gendler at RAND back in the 80s. Read more

Study: D.C. children at the greatest educational, economic disadvantage
By WTOP Staff

August 10, 2015- Children in the District are the most disadvantaged when it comes to education and economic well-being, and are among the very lowest in the United States when it comes to health, too, according to a new survey. Read more

Opening Doors: OneApp Improves Enrollment Process but Shows Need for More Good Schools
By Betheny Gross

August 5, 2015- Bringing a greater sense of order to the school choice application and enrollment process is getting a great deal of attention these days. In the two months since we released our report on common enrollment systems in New Orleans and Denver, I’ve fielded several calls from individuals in charter advocacy organizations, mayors’ offices, school districts, and city-based educational advocates. Read more
An education partnership between traditional and charter schools in D.C.
By Editorial Board
Washington Post

August 28, 2015- D.C. MAYOR Muriel E. Bowser’s (D) administration has launched an effort it says is aimed at fostering collaboration between the city’s traditional and charter public schools. We hope the result will be improved effectiveness, efficiency and student outcomes. But the mayor has sent the charter community some mixed signals Read more

Some D.C. charter schools get millions in donations; others, almost nothing
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

August 26, 2015- Eight of the District’s 60 public charter schools raised nearly 75 percent of all charitable funds that went to such schools in the city between 2012 and 2014, highlighting a serious inequity between schools that raised millions of dollars and many that raised little or none. Read more

New D.C. superintendent aims to bring stability to job after years of turnover
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

August 22, 2015- Hanseul Kang, the District’s new state superintendent of education, faces a daunting challenge as she attempts to transform one of the city’s most troubled agencies. Read more

D.C. schools attracted record amounts of philanthropy in recent years
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

August 26, 2015- Washington, D.C., became a magnet for philanthropy after 2007, when former mayor Adrian Fenty took control over the schools and appointed Michelle Rhee as chancellor. Read more

Standardized tests can help combat inequity
By Robert C. Bobb
Washington Post

August 28, 2015- Disparities in educational achievement between low-income minority students and their more affluent peers loom large, despite years of work to close the gap. Some point to this as a reason we should back away from accountability-driven endeavors such as stronger state standards and aligned assessments. In fact, it should motivate us only to redouble those efforts and push boldly forward. Read more

D.C. Public Schools starts academic year with four new schools
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

August 24, 2015- After closing three dozen schools in the past seven years for declining enrollment, D.C. Public Schools started the new school year by opening doors to four new schools. Read more

Why some in education believe truancy deserves much more attention
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

August 25, 2015- Recent battles in the edu-policy world have centered on standardized testing, teacher tenure, charter schools, vouchers and Common Core state standards. But debates over how to address poor student attendance — which is directly linked to low achievement and high dropout rates — have generated much less heat and light. Read more

D.C. Bilingual celebrates new school year in former Community Academy building
By Moriah Costa

August 25, 2015- Hundreds of parents, teachers and community members celebrated the start of the new school year at D.C. Bilingual on Friday in the former Community Academy Public Charter School building. Read more

Could income-share agreements help solve the student debt crisis?
By Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.
Washington Post

August 20, 2015- Anyone who is unaware that we face a massive problem involving college student debt, contact Earth at your first convenience. The troubling facts are almost universally known: After tripling in 10 years, this debt totals more than $1.3 trillion, which is more than the debt for credit cards, auto loans and any other category except home mortgages. Read more

Why young kids need less class time — and more play time — at school
By Valerie Strauss
Washington Post

August 21, 2015- I have published a number of pieces over the last year or so on the importance of allowing young children to play in school rather than sit for hours at a desk laboring over academic tasks. Here is a new post making the case for why less class time — and more play time — will actually lead to a better education for kids, however counter-intuitive that may sound. Read more

Renowned researcher: ‘Why I am no longer comfortable’ in the field of educational measurement
By Valerie Strauss
Washington Post

August 20, 2015- Gene V. Glass is a renowned statistician and researcher who has worked for decades in educational psychology and the social sciences. He created the term “meta-analysis” — a statistical process for combining the findings from individual studies in a search for patterns and other data — and described its use in a 1976 speech when he was president of the American Educational Research Association. Read more

Deputy mayor launches task force to improve school planning with charters
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

August 19, 2015- A long-anticipated task force will work to improve coherence and coordination between the District’s charter schools and its traditional school system, city officials announced Wednesday, part of a broader effort to streamline two disjointed public school sectors that compete for students and resources. Read more

Black families flock to D.C.'s charter schools
By Jason Russell
Washington Examiner

August 12, 2015- Black families unsatisfied with traditional public schools are flocking to Washington, D.C.'s charter schools. In the 2014 to 2015 school year, 83 percent of the students in Washington charter schools were black, according to the D.C. Public Charter School Board's latest annual report. Read more

Former news anchor J.C. Hayward dismissed from Options charter lawsuit
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

August 11, 2015-Longtime television news anchor J.C. Hayward was dismissed from a high-profile charter school lawsuit Tuesday, releasing her from allegations that she was involved in financial mismanagement at a District school for troubled teens. Read more

Report recommends rating system to measure charter schools’ financial health
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

August 12, 2015- Seven of the District’s 60 charter schools were deemed to be financially low-performing and 21 schools were financially high-performing during the 2013-2014 school year, according to the most recent charter school financial review. Read more

Some DC schools are betting that personalization can fix education
By Natalie Wexler
Greater Greater Education

August 12, 2015- DC is at the forefront of a movement to make education a more personalized experience, relying in part on technology to tailor learning to each student's needs and interests. The approach promises to ensure that advanced students are challenged and struggling ones engaged, even if they share the same classroom. Read more
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