From Charles Pierce - "If Massachusetts has done charters better than, say, Ohio or Florida, it is because the state has exercised the excellent, rigorous oversight that he mentions, and the cap has been an essential part of that oversight. The current campaign to eliminate the cap is not being done to benefit poor children. It is being waged to benefit the charter school industry, which wants to demolish that excellent, rigorous oversight with which Chait claims to be so impressed because it stands in the way of that industry's profits."
The disaster in devaluing the arts in schools is directly connected to the educational culture around the fear of being wrong. Students become so conditioned to target correct answers that creative pursuits become increasingly the most challenging situations to be choosing.
The Opportunity by Design initiative offers a roadmap for communities that want to embark on this mission. Since it was launched in 2013, Opportunity by Design has helped seven urban school districts create 12 small high schools that reflect the communities’ ideas and priorities. Five more such schools are on the way. As unique as each of these schools is, they all incorporate 10 broad principles that we believe to be key to their success. Three are particularly vital.
An online library of free literary and informational texts, CommonLit helps teachers quickly locate leveled texts that fit into a lesson or unit, assess student understanding, generate discussion, and even pair the texts with other media, all in one free platform. It’s an ideal tool for grades 5-12 but would also work for advanced students in the lower grades.