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Maine's new virtual charter school sees 25% enrollment drop since opening - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine's new virtual charter school sees 25% enrollment drop since opening - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Maine Charter School Commission may explore ways to better inform students about what to expect, perhaps with a 'tryout' week.
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The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education “reform” phonies

The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education “reform” phonies | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Fraud, financial mismanagement, lousy results: Reports highlight awful charter schools and people are catching on

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I've always been leery of Charter Schools - esp. after touring several w/ the ISTE Board of Directors  - Mostly biased because they RARELY if EVER have School Libraries! Grrrrr!

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The Original Charter School Vision - NYTimes.com

The Original Charter School Vision - NYTimes.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This opinion piece by RICHARD D. KAHLENBERG and HALLEY POTTER, the authors of a book entitled "A Smarter Charter," describes the history of the Charter Schools in the US. 

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Another attempt to put a moratorium on virtual charter schools in Maine moving through Legislature

Another attempt to put a moratorium on virtual charter schools in Maine moving through Legislature | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

AUGUSTA, Maine — Another attempt to slow down virtual public charter schools in Maine took a step toward enactment on Monday.

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Maine Senate fails to override LePage on virtual school bill | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine Senate fails to override LePage on virtual school bill   | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The governor vetoed a bill that would have placed a moratorium on virtual charter schools while Maine developed a plan for a state-run virtual school.
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Maine Charter School Commission Nearing Virtual School Cap

Maine Charter School Commission Nearing Virtual School Cap | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The state of Maine has only allowed for 10 virtual schools to be approved, and the next bout of applications will potentially hit that cap.
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For first academic year, Maine’s two charter schools receive high marks

For first academic year, Maine’s two charter schools receive high marks | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s first two charter schools sailed through their first-annual monitoring reviews by the Maine Charter School Commission with no major problems.
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Committee takes up bills to alter Maine charter school rules | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

Committee takes up bills to alter Maine charter school rules | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Gov. LePage joins a morning news conference held by charter school supporters criticizing the legislation.
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Special Report: The profit motive behind virtual schools in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Special Report: The profit motive behind virtual schools in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Documents expose the flow of money and influence from corporations that stand to profit from state leaders' efforts to expand and deregulate digital education.

I've excerpted one especially revealing section below from what is, overall, a scathing and comprehensive look at how conservatives are using Maine as a test-case for advancing their agendas for profiting from education "reform" nationwide.  In the excerpt, Maine's Education Commissioner Bowen explains why he is advancing Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education's Digital Learning Now! strategy for implementing online/virtual learning via charter school legislation:  

 

“When you are developing public policy, you look at what states are doing and you look at national policy and you try to put it all together,” he said. “I think we share the aims of Digital Learning Now! in that we want to broaden access to digital learning, and that where somebody lives shouldn’t determine if they have access. Some of what we try to move forward will be consistent with DLN, some of it won’t.”

Bush, the commissioner said, was likely excited about Maine because of former Gov. Angus King’s pioneering laptop program, which has equipped all seventh- and eighth-graders, about half of high school students, and all middle and secondary schoolteachers with Apple computers. “This is one piece that no other state has,” he noted.

Bowen rejected the notion that online education companies were having undue influence on the department’s policies, which in any case would be scrutinized through the democratic process, needing to pass legislative committees and floor votes.

“Lots and lots of people are involved in public policy, and at the end of the day, the ideas are what matters, and I have to have good ideas when I am standing downstairs at the (State House’s) education committee,” Bowen said. “Our job as policymakers is to take ideas from wherever they come from and throw them against the wall and see what they can do.”

“If I’m being accused of asking around and getting ideas from some of the people who are working on this nationally,” he said, “then I’m guilty.”

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Principal to N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: Stop spreading a false narrative about public education

Principal to N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: Stop spreading a false narrative about public education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
'Mr. Governor, you, like many of your elected colleagues, are lawyers, not educators. I am an educator. I have been throughout my professional life. I do not know the law, and would never try to speak with any conviction about what should happen in a courtroom.'
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Don’t believe everything you hear about the New Orleans charter revolution - The Hechinger Report

Don’t believe everything you hear about the New Orleans charter revolution - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As public school students settle into the school year, they can’t seem to shake off a bit of inaccurate national attention: The belief that New Orleans has the country’s first all-charter school system.
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Big bills from virtual school raise tensions with Maine school districts

Big bills from virtual school raise tensions with Maine school districts | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

BANGOR, Maine — The opening of Maine’s first online charter school, set for next week, is rekindling tensions with public school officials over the financial repercussions for their districts and the competition for students. 

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Professionalizing Teaching: What Charters Teach Us, And What They Don't: Rick Hess

This week, I've looked at what we can learn from the charter movement to scale up promising practices in urban school districts. Today, I'll conclude with the most important piece of the strategic school puzzle: the teacher.
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Charter schools show little difference in school performance - Chicago Sun-Times

Charter schools show little difference in school performance - Chicago Sun-Times | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Even as many parents in Chicago have embraced charter schools, there’s little evidence in standardized test results that the publicly financed but privately operated schools are performing better than traditional schools operated by the Chicago Public Schools system, an examination by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Medill Data Project at Northwestern University has found.
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Our View: Maine commission should say ‘no’ to virtual charter schools | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Our View: Maine commission should say ‘no’ to virtual charter schools  | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For-profit companies should not get the state’s scarce public education money.
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Video: John Stewart’s Two-Part Interview With Diane Ravitch | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Video: John Stewart’s Two-Part Interview With Diane Ravitch | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Diane Ravitch speaks about her new book, "Reign of Error," on the Daily Show. The book is about the privatization movement in American education.

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Legislature's oversight panel sits in glare of charter school politics | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Legislature's oversight panel sits in glare of charter school politics | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Members say they can shun the fierce debate as they decide on whether to conduct an inquiry into the financial viability of the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science.
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Bills would turn Michigan into ‘super choice’ state

Bills would turn Michigan into ‘super choice’ state | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Proposed legislation in Michigan could mean profound changes in the state's education system, and, opponents argue, could serve as a blueprint for other states hoping to make similar changes.

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