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Get to Know Your Public Schools: 7 Revealing Numbers About America’s Education System, From Diversity to Safety, Absenteeism & More

The 74 Million – Staff Writer

“All summer long at The 74, we’ve been using our “Big Picture” series to offer parents a richer understanding of the nation’s public school system — maps and charts that look at specific aspects of district policy and classroom behavior. Even if it wasn’t a complete sampling of every single issue facing families, teachers, principals, and policymakers, the series offered a revealing breakdown of just who’s going to school (and teaching) each day in America’s classrooms and some of the key issues confronting those charged with running your local school district.” (more)

How Can Private Schools Contribute To the Public Good?

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Some have called summer the “most unequal time of the year,” and Johns Hopkins researchers found that summer learning loss in elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade. And yet, swimming is a crucial part of the Horizons program, a public-private partnership to give local public school students the kind of summer experiences that more affluent families pay for over the break. The program is designed to help reduce the summer slide.” (more)

Study: Here’s what makes parents turn to charter schools

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Public school parents who are “very dissatisfied” with their child’s school are 2.5 times more likely to switch to a charter school than parents who are “very satisfied,” according to a new study by scholars at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Specifically, among parents who are “very dissatisfied,” 57 percent were “very/somewhat” likely to switch to a charter school, compared with 22 percent of the parents who are “very satisfied.” (more)

Why Getting Help for Kids with Dyslexia is Difficult

KQED News Mind/Shift – Emily Hanford

“The reluctance to confirm that a child is “dyslexic” goes beyond avoiding a label that could harm kids. Public schools nationwide have long refused to use the word, allowing many of them to avoid providing special education services as required by federal law. According to dozens of interviews with parents, students, researchers, lawyers and teachers across the country, many public schools are not identifying students with dyslexia and are ignoring their needs.”(more)

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)