Morning Round-up, June 21, 2006

A Third of U.S. Dropouts Never Reach 10th Grade NYT
More than a third of high school dropouts across the nation leave school without ever going beyind the ninth grade, according to a report released here in Tuesday.

Big-city schools struggle
Students in a handful of big-city school districts have a less than 50-50 chance of graduating from hih schol with their peers, and a few cities graduate far fewer than half each spring, according to research released on Tuesday.

Charter schools joining the mainstream
California Mercury News
A decade ago, charter schools existed largely on the fringes. Many were start-ups operating out of rented church basements - alternatives to failing urban schools that struggled to teach the basics.

Massachusetts Fluff Ban Update: A Political Kerfuffle Over Marshmallow Fluff NYT


Blogger Stephen said...

The Montessori tradition is more than 100 years old. It still has advantages over what the public schools typically do. It's hardly fringe. What is sad is that programs that have been shown to work aren't adopted quicker.

In Michigan, there are quite a few Montessori schools that run as charter schools. Charter schools are funded with public funds, so they don't cost the parents gobs of money like a private school. Like a public school, they have to meet the State education requirements. Or federal - like the MEAP tests. To get your child into a Michigan charter school, a parent has to fill out the application forms. This is huge. Charter school students all have a parent who can fill out the form (maybe 15 pages). Charter school students all have a parent who bothered to fill out a form. So, when a teacher leaves a message on the parent's voice mail, the parent actually calls back. The results are amazing.

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