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The Daily Ed: May 17, 2012

Can a Democrat support charter schools? (via Seattle Times)
The Seattle Times asks Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz if democrats can support charter schools.

The Presidential Campaign And Latino Education (via Huffington Post)
How will the Presidential candidates address the achievement gap for Latino students?

Study: Millions of students chronically absent (via Seattle Times)
A new report shows that over 7 million students are absent for nearly a month each school year.

Editorial: Time to revisit Supreme Court’s goal of ending segregation (via Seattle Times)
Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large remembers Brown v. Board of Education ruling that ended segregation in schools.

Recovery School District grapples with discipline policies (via The Times-Picayune)
The Recovery School District in New Orleans try to find new methods of disciplining their students.

Editorial: State’s focus on early learning garners grant, boosts goals (via Seattle Times)
Washington’s efforts in early learning has led to it being one of the winning states of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant.

Opinion: Education reform in Washington: Promising new policies await adequate funding (via Seattle Times)
Washington state Senator Rosemary McAuliffe writes, “While our education-reform efforts over the past 20 years have defined the expectations for our educational system, the recent McLeary decision confirmed that the promise of resources to support these reforms has gone unfulfilled. We must now find the funding to support imperative education reforms so every child has a high-quality education.”

1.5 Million African American students to be impacted by doubling of federal student loan interest rate (via Seattle Medium)
Student loan interest rates are set to double this summer and well over a million African American college students and graduates will be affected.

Activist targeting schools, backed by big bucks (via MSNBC)
MSNBC’s delves into former head of DC schools Michelle Rhee’s new organization, StudentsFirst.

Thurday Bonus:
Governor Christie and Mayor Booker: Don’t Worry, We’ve Got This
Who says Republicans and Democrats can’t work together?

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  1. Melissa Westbrook May 17, 2012

    From the Louisana Recovery School district story:

    “Suspension rates at the city’s charter schools ranged from 0 percent to 60 percent during the 2010-11 school year, according to state data. However, schools self-report their suspension and expulsion rates. In the past, discrepancies and errors have been found in some of the data.

    Across the country, school suspension and expulsion rates have soared in recent decades, with Louisiana posting particularly high numbers. Louisiana schools expel students at five times the national rate, and they issue out-of-school suspensions at twice the rate of the rest of the country, according to a 2010 report by Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. ”

    I guess that high suspension rate is one of the flexible things charter schools get to do. And I thought New Orleans was this great model for change. Interesting.

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