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Adopt financial literacy standards

USA Today – Green Bay Press-Gazette Editorial Board

“Senate Bill 212 is so simple that it’s one page. It directs each school board in the state to “adopt academic standards for financial literacy and incorporate instruction in financial literacy into the curriculum in grades kindergarten to 12.” That’s it. It sounds simple – incorporating financial literacy into each public school’s curriculum – and makes so much sense. Our high school students should graduate as financially-literate young adults.”(more)

Necessity, Not Nicety: What We’ve Learned About District-Charter Alliances

Education Next – Robin J. Lake

“In some of the cities known as ground zero for noisy fights about charter schools, quiet partnerships are underway between district and charter leaders. In New York City and Newark, district educators are meeting with their charter school counterparts to share successful teaching strategies. In Chicago, charter and district leaders have worked out ways to use the same performance standards and to share facilities. In Philadelphia, charter schools are actively engaged with the district to turn around low-performing schools in specific neighborhoods. To help the financially strapped district manage debilitating legacy costs, Philadelphia charter schools assume the debt burden of the buildings they occupy and are lobbying the state for a more rational district funding model.”(more)

Poll: More Than Half of New Yorkers Say They Would Prefer to Send Their Kid to a Public Charter School

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“Three in five New York City voters are dissatisfied with their city’s public schools and many would prefer to send their child to a charter, according to a poll released this week by Quinnipiac University. One in four New Yorkers said they were satisfied with their child’s education. To compare, nearly one in two (48 percent) Americans said they are satisfied with U.S. public education in 2014, according to a Gallup poll. More than half (51 percent) said they would prefer to send their child to a charter while more than one in three (37 percent) said they would send their child to a public school. The demand for charters was highest in the Bronx, where two in three (66 percent) parents said they’d prefer to send their child to a charter school and lowest in Manhattan, with less than one in two parents saying their would exercise that choice (44 percent).”(more)

9 Out Of 10 Parents Think Their Kids Are On Grade Level. They’re Probably Wrong

NPR Ed – Anya Kamenetz

“In a recent survey of public school parents, 90 percent stated that their children were performing on or above grade level in both math and reading. Parents held fast to this sunny belief no matter their own income, education level, race or ethnicity. The nationally administered test known as the Nation’s Report Card, or NAEP, suggests a very different reality. About half of white students are on grade level in math and reading by fourth grade; the percentages are lower for African-Americans and Hispanics. Bibb Hubbard founded the new organization, Learning Heroes, that commissioned the nationwide survey of 1,300 parents of kids in grades K-8. She calls this result “shocking.” “There is this cognitive dissonance happening,” Hubbard says. “We’ve got to find good, productive ways to educate and inform parents.””(more)

New law lets students attend schools in any county

The Sun Sentinel – Scott Travis, Brittany Shammas & Leslie Postal

“Florida parents can pick any public school in the state for their children, hopscotching over traditional attendance lines and county boundaries, starting in the 2017-18 school year. Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed a sweeping education bill (HB 7029) that pumps up school choice in Florida…lawmakers and education advocates who pushed the bill say it gives parents more options. “This legislation removes district boundary lines as barriers blocking students from attending public schools that best meet their needs. More children now will have a chance to succeed in the classroom,” said Patricia Levesque, executive director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future…High school students who transfer will be immediately eligible to play sports, as long as they don’t play the same sport at two different schools within a school year.”(more)

Celebrities And Business Leaders Unleash Philanthropic Flashmob, #BestSchoolDay, Funding Classroom Requests On DonorsChoose.org In Communities Spanning 47 States

PR Newswire – Press Release

“Today, more than fifty athletes, actors, founders, and philanthropists announced a surprise “flash funding” of classroom projects posted on DonorsChoose.org in communities across America. Collectively, these individuals committed over $14 million to fund nearly 12,000 projects, including books, art supplies, science equipment, field trips, and more. They are now challenging the public to join them by donating to classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org, making it a #BestSchoolDay for public school teachers and students nationwide. “We all remember special days at school, whether it was going on a field trip, doing a science experiment, or performing in a school play,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “Teachers have a hard time providing these experiences when they have to go into their own pockets to buy school supplies. We’re so grateful to the people who have kicked off this philanthropic flashmob, and we hope that everyone–no matter the size of their wallet–will join this act of mass generosity by supporting a classroom project and committing to make every day a #BestSchoolDay.””(more)