Edtorial: Remember charter school reform? It’s more important than ever | Opinion

Remember charter school reform?

Before March and the public education turmoil caused by the coronavirus, the call for charter school funding reform was being echoed loudly in local school board meetings throughout the region at the start of 2020.

Several local boards considered and adopted a resolution circulated by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association supporting a charter reform proposal put forth by Gov. Tom Wolf. In January, more than 30 superintendents from districts in five counties formed a coalition, the Leaders for Educational Accountability and Reform Network, targeting legislative action on reform.

LEARN is comprised of “school leaders who are standing up for public education and fighting for charter school reform,” said Frank Gallagher, superintendent of Souderton Area School District, during a January press conference  in Montgomery County.

The superintendents’ initiative included visits to Harrisburg to lobby for the reform package. Even in early spring at the same time boards

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Path to education funding reform fraught with deals from the past

Coalitions of business, labor, educators and philanthropy such as Launch Michigan and the School Finance Research Collaborative have been pushing for a rewrite of Michigan’s school finance law that weighs the cost of a child’s needs.

Multiple studies have found that students with special education needs who require more individualized instruction and those who come from poorer families without as much educational support cost more to educate.

School Finance Research Collaborative’s 2017 study found the average cost of educating a K-12 student in Michigan is $9,590. Four- and 5-year-olds in preschool cost $14,155 annually, the study found.

That group did not identify a funding source for filling the nearly $1,500-per-student gap in funding for the majority of school districts that receive the minimum foundation grant.

The hot-iron issue of raising taxes for education was tabled headed into this election year — and essentially scrapped for the foreseeable future after the

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The pandemic is an opportunity to reform education in the US | Education

School will start again for us in southern California next week. In some ways, it feels like school just ended. Or it never really ended.

What will be or will not be of the 2020-2021 school year has felt like a constant backdrop to our sundrenched pandemic summer. What will school look like? How will we manage work and school? Will we survive? How is this changing us? Questions languished in the thick summer air.

There have been plenty of emails from the school district, with phases and plans and slideshows and links. There have been articles and articles and articles about how other parents are feeling, what they are doing, what they are not doing. Pods, micro-schools, and tutors cloud my vision, already blurred with uncertainty about how to balance academics, social-emotional health and work.

To cope, I have not really engaged in any of it. I have taken

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10 ways assessment reform can help guide a new era in education

The spread of the coronavirus transformed our education system overnight. With school districts completely caught off-guard by the speed and severity of the outbreak, the U.S. Department of Education announced flexibility for states to cancel their annual summative assessments and accountability ratings for the 2019-2020 school year.

As the start of a new school year rapidly approaches, it is still not clear what form schools will take. Prioritizing the creation of a healthy environment where students can continue to learn should be paramount. In this unpredictable environment, education leaders have expressed interest in assessment and accountability flexibility. However, as policy makers determine what that flexibility looks like, they should consider the consequences of pausing testing for another year.

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Now more than ever, states must find a way to assess student learning. Failure to capture where students are this fall and how

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