From LA – the new California data is out. Looks like seven of the top ten high schools in the city are charters as are the two top middle schools. Four of the bottom ten schools in the city are charters, too. So (a) how are averages here very useful in the “on average they do…” sense? And (b) aren’t there some things to be learned from the schools at the top?
Also worth noting that Aspire Public Schools are basically the best large school district in the state. Meanwhile, ICEF in LA has elementary school students outperforming schools in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, high performance overall, and the best SATs among charters and neighborhood high schools. But no, nothing to learn here!
From Indy, analysis of charter school achievement there (pdf). Indy’s interesting because of the role of the mayor’s office.
Speaking of generalizations that obscure complicated issues, great new CRPE report looking at teacher attrition. Again shows that conversation about teacher turnover is confused by the variety of factors causing turnover and bad comparisons. It’s an issue, especially at some name-brand schools, but the rhetoric is often disconnected from the reality.
Important Ed Week write-up of where possible House Ed and Labor chair Kline (R) is on education. But here’s one thought on the Administration’s ESEA strategy and perhaps why people tend to be bearish on their ability to move a bill. A big 8? President Bush got his version done with a big 4 (Miller (D), Boehner (R), Gregg (R), and Kennedy (D)). These days you can’t get eight people in DC to agree on anything.
Stand for Children, a great grassroots organizing group Bellwether provides policy analysis support for, is looking or an ED for its new Illinois chapter. And, here’s a great (non-political) edujob at The Department of Education: Managing the National Charter School Program. Meanwhile, at Bellwether we’re hiring another person for our D.C. office. Thank you to all the great people who applied for the other openings, this role is a little different but still a great opportunity.
Think you want to launch your own organization like Stand or a state EAO? Here’s a how-to from PIEn.
And Rick Kahlenberg is after legacy admissions again! This should be a good session.