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"Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost." from the New York Times Magazine

on Tuesday, 05 September 2017.

Toss a dart at a map of Detroit, and the bull’s-eye, more or less, would be a tiny city called Highland Park. Only three square miles, Highland Park is surrounded by Detroit on nearly all sides, but it remains its own sovereign municipality thanks largely to Henry Ford, who started building Model Ts there in 1910. Ford didn’t care for the idea of paying Detroit taxes, so he pressured Highland Park to resist annexation by the larger city. By the end of the decade, his Albert Kahn-designed factory had revolutionized mass production. Five years later, Walter Chrysler started his own car company a few blocks away.

Sylvia Brown lives in the suburbs now, but she still proudly calls herself a Parker, the local term for a Highland Park native. When Brown was a kid, she’d tell people she lived in the capital of Detroit. Her father worked for the city, and her mother taught at the public elementary school. In high school, Brown played on the volleyball and tennis teams and won a scholarship her junior year to study abroad in Japan. She fretted about traveling such a long distance — she never expected the judges to pick a black girl from Highland Park — but her guidance counselor encouraged her not to be afraid to cross 8 Mile Road, the famous divide between city and suburbs.

 Continue reading "Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost." from the New York Times Magazine.

"Illinois Passes Landmark Funding Bill Creating Tax Credit Scholarship, Sending More Money to Poor Schools" from The 74

on Wednesday, 30 August 2017.

Illinois lawmakers passed a landmark compromise that would revamp the way schools are funded and create the state’s first private school choice program.

The Senate on Tuesday afternoon voted 38-13 to approve the plan, a day after it made it through the House.

“There will not be another generation of students subject to inequity, the worst in the country, after this bill becomes law,” Democratic Sen. Andy Manar, who sponsored it, said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Continue reading "Illinois Passes Landmark Funding Bill Creating Tax Credit Scholarship, Sending More Money to Poor Schools" from The 74. 

"On Third Try, Illinois House Approves Education Funding Bill" from The Chicago Tribune

on Tuesday, 29 August 2017.

Following some twists and turns, the Illinois House on Monday narrowly approved a historic overhaul of the way the state funds schools, a key step toward freeing up money for classrooms that also sets the stage for a Chicago Public Schools property tax hike.

The measure, which passed with two votes to spare, heads to the Senate for a vote as early as Tuesday. Gov. Bruce Rauner has vowed to sign the bill "quickly," and Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the plan as providing "parity and stability for children across Illinois."

The day was not without drama, however, primarily due to Democratic opposition to a Republican-backed $75 million tax credit program for private school tuition. Teachers unions had spent the weekend lobbying against the plan, and afterward the Chicago Teachers Union called it an "assault" on public education.

Still, the agreement was hailed as an example of what can happen when Democrats and Republicans work together instead of ripping each another apart.

Continue reading "On Third Try, Illinois House Approves Education Funding Bill" from The Chicago Tribune. 

"Do Traditional Public Schools Benefit from Charter Competition?" from The Washington Post

on Monday, 28 August 2017.

The late Gerald Bracey, once called “America’s most acerbic educational psychologist,” spent most of his time calling out bad education research and data, trying to explain that things did not always mean what the author said they did and that numbers were too often wrongly interpreted. He wrote a book about it, titled “Reading Educational Research: How to avoid getting snookered,” in which he was given that “acerbic” title by my Washington Post colleague Jay Mathews in the book’s foreward.

The book came out in 2006, but the issue remains as important as ever. Today, hardly a day goes by without yet another research study on some aspect of education being released, often with news releases topped with a headline declaring that something definitive has been found and the proof is finally here. Except too often it isn’t.

Continue reading "Do Traditional Public Schools Benefit from Charter Competition?" from The Washington Post.

Senior Policy Advisor Nicole Garnett Featured on Time.com

on Wednesday, 23 August 2017.

Nicole Garnett Time.com

Nicole Garnett, the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, co-author of Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America, and Senior Policy Advisor for the Alliance for Catholic Education, was featured on Time. com. 

The article, titled "How Faith-Based and Private Schools Can Help Chicago Youth" was published on August 22, 2017 and details how an Illinois tax credit scholarship program could have a dramatic impact on Chicago families by allowing students to attend a school of their choice.