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Writer flunks AP exam

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2012 at 6:30 am

By: Adam Peshek

When I was in high school, I wasn’t exactly sure what Advanced Placement courses were. All I knew was classes with “A-P” in front of them carried a level of rigor that underachievers shied away from. As a student who foolishly avoided valuable courses like the plague (i.e. math and science), I decided to hedge my bets with a couple AP courses in history and government. The courses proved to be valuable in many ways: more rigorous curriculum, more engaged peers, back-end financial savings, and a leg-up on college courses. Read the rest of this entry »

Beg and borrow because tomorrow is another day

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

By: Mike Thomas

The Philadelphia school district is taking the rather unprecedented step of borrowing $300 million to stay afloat. This is akin to a starving man munching on his toes.

And it is on top of $3 billion in outstanding bonds. Philadelphia is paying today’s bills by borrowing against the future.

This might work if the school district could grow its way out of the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Baumol’s Disease By Design (Part 4)

In Standards and Accountability on October 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

By: Dr. Matthew Ladner

So the Heritage Foundation just released these fantastically illustrative charts documenting Baumol’s Disease in American K-12 education. The first shows that total employment in public schools increased by ten times more than enrollment growth, with non-teaching staff leading the way with an incredible 138% increase: Read the rest of this entry »

Perfect for Halloween: Haunted school, zombie principal and children in peril

In School Choice on October 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm

By: Mike Thomas

How appropriate that I went to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios after watching the movie Won’t Back down.

They turned out to be quite similar.

HHN, as it is known, features a multitude of haunted houses inhabited by various monsters and demons.

Won’t Back Down (WBD?) features a haunted schoolhouse presided over by a zombie principal and various undead teachers. They entrap children, refuse to let them use the restroom and steal their souls, or at least their futures. Read the rest of this entry »

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

In School Choice on October 18, 2012 at 6:30 am

By: Patricia Levesque

Thanks to leaders like Governor Bobby Jindal, Superintendent John White and state lawmakers, all low-income parents of K-12 students attending a C, D, or F school in Louisiana now have the opportunity to apply for a state-funded scholarship to attend a participating A or B public school or an approved private school.  Read the rest of this entry »

Ravitch vs Ravitch

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

By: Mike Thomas

In a recent speech in Chicago, Diane Ravitch pointed out that America has a stellar 90 percent graduation rate.

She notes the dropout rate is at a historical low.

She notes the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, which she calls the only valid measure of academic performance, are at their highest point in history for black, white, Hispanic and Asian students.

Schools are just doing dandy. Read the rest of this entry »