Amid the pandemic, progress in Catholic schools

Amid the pandemic, progress in Catholic schools

The Nation’s report is out and it’s sad. The 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress, released Monday, found that reading and math achievement among fourth- and eighth-graders has declined since 2019 in nearly every state. As much as anyone could deny it before, the results settle the debate: America’s response to the pandemic set back … Read more

Charlie Crist is all for teachers unions

Charlie Crist is all for teachers unions

Charlie Crist speaks to supporters as he announces Karla Hern├índez-Mats as his running mate at Hialeah Middle School in Hialeah, Fla., Aug. 27. Photo: Gaston De Cardenas/Associated Press Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is favored to win re-election, and his Democratic opponent, Rep. Charlie Crist, seems determined to lose. On Saturday, four days after winning the … Read more

Former White House Obama aide Seth Andrew convicted of school theft

Former White House Obama aide Seth Andrew convicted of school theft

Seth Andrews Wikimedia Commons Former Obama education adviser Seth Andrew was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in federal prison for a scheme to steal $218,000 from a New York charter school network he founded. Andrew, 43, was also fined $5,000 at his sentencing in US District Court in Manhattan. He was arrested … Read more

Charter schools win a match in Washington

Charter schools win a match in Washington

Congratulations are in order to thousands of public charter-school parents, educators and advocates who raised their voices in opposition to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed changes to the Federal Charter School Program. Thanks to their relentless advocacy, the final rules recently adopted are more rational and a little less burdensome than the bull-in-a-china-shop scheme … Read more

Build a charter school, be sued by the teachers’ association

Build a charter school, be sued by the teachers’ association

Bronx, NY If you’re looking for evidence that teachers’ associations do not care about the interests of school children, you can find it in the poor Bronx neighborhood of Soundview. A school building on Beach Avenue has been closed for nearly a decade, and the United Federation of Teachers is suing to keep it closed. … Read more

Teachers’ associations vs. children with autism

Teachers’ associations vs.  children with autism

Ann Wiesner’s daughter struggled in school until she was admitted to Lionsgate Academy, a Minnetonka, Minn.-Based charter school that specializes in serving children on the autism spectrum in grades 7 to 12. Now “the girl is thinking about the future,” her mother says . “She’s talking about getting a job and living alone.” If the … Read more

The Biden administration’s new salvo against charter schools

The Biden administration’s new salvo against charter schools

Students at Yung Wing School in New York, March 7th. Photo: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images The national debate on racial propaganda and sex education in primary schools is important, but it is almost certainly of less consequence than the continued inability of our primary schools to teach basic reading and mathematics. The people who … Read more