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How One of Indianapolis’ ‘Innovation School’ Principals Is Using Language of Love — and Spanish Immersion Program — to Achieve Dramatic Student Growth

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“The staff start their emails with “Familia….” The teachers swing from the monkey bars at recess with their first-graders. The principal finds out students have stolen a bike and walks them home to tell their parents. Not many schools have the word “love” in their mission, and it’s a hard thing to quantify on a school report card. But Global Prep Academy — whose motto is “unlocking the world through language, expeditionary learning, and love” — is one of a dozen schools in Indianapolis doing things differently, including a dual-language immersion program beginning in kindergarten for its native Spanish and English speakers that aims to embrace students’ culture and families.”(more)

An Innovation That Looks Good Even Up Close

Education Next – Michael J. Petrilli

“In September, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had the best week of her tenure, thanks to a well-orchestrated back-to-school tour that ended in Indiana on September 15. She had a clear, attractive message and stuck to it: We need to unleash the creativity and innovation of our schools and educators, and stop trying to make one size fit all. She also demonstrated a true commitment to sector-agnosticism—she visited traditional public schools, not just private and charter ones—and celebrated schools that are as far from her own conservative Christian upbringing as one can imagine—and did it all with grace and humor. Well done, Madame Secretary!.”(more)

Does England’s rapid expansion of charter-like ‘academies’ hold a lesson for the U.S.?

Chalk Beat – Matt Barnum

“U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants more schools to be free from what she characterizes as ineffective, bureaucratic rules. “In too many places there isn’t the kind of autonomy at a building level to really kind of break out of that mold and do things differently to meet students’ needs,” DeVos said in a recent interview. But is that autonomy itself likely to improve schools? .”(more)

Texas’s Commitment to Quality Pays Off for Charter Students

Education Next – Nina Rees

“When it comes to giving parents a choice in their children’s public education, quality matters most. The state of Texas has been making a concerted effort to raise the quality of its public charter schools through sound policy reform, effective implementation, and resources to help practitioners zero in on improvement. This effort is paying off, especially for Hispanic students. That’s the upshot of two recent studies that looked at Texas charter school students in K-12 and in college.”(more)

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Education Next – Martin R. West, Michael B. Henderson, Paul E. Peterson and Samuel Barrows

“There’s no denying political climate change. The past 18 months have seen an enormous swing in the Washington power balance, a shift that has heightened the polarization that has characterized our public life for more than a decade now. How has this divisive political climate influenced public opinion on education policy and reform? And how much, if at all, has the new president swayed the public’s views? The 2017 Education Next survey, conducted in May and June of this year, offers us an opportunity to explore these questions and many more.”(more)

When Charter Schools Open, Neighboring Schools Get Better: A New Study Finds 7 Reasons Why

The 74 Million – Beth Hawkins

“Few education policy battles have burned as hot as debate over the practice of requiring traditional public schools to share under-used space with charter schools. Co-location, as the practice is called, is often cited as damaging to students in mainline district schools. But groundbreaking new research from Temple University assistant professor Sarah Cordes finds that at least in New York City, the arrival of a charter school has a positive effect on students in the traditional school already located in the building.”(more)