Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Changes to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act

There is much conjecture as to the outcome of what Congress will do to the No Child Left Behind Act, now called the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by the current administration.

Typically when a new President is elected, he and his administration advocate for wholesale reforms to the ESEA, the generic title of federal education law. This is what President G.W. Bush did when his No Child Left Behind Act was adopted in 2001. The Obama administration has failed to provide an education reform agenda and while the ESEA has been tinkered with, and waivers have been given to most of the states, there has never been a wholesale reform for the Obama administration.

As with every election cycle since Pres. Obama was first elected, interested parties are again speculating what changes the Congress will bring to education policy.

Mike Petrilli from the Fordham Foundation has this to say. Further, this table of what would stay or change is helpful for a snapshot of what's being discussed.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Blended Learning 101

Have you been hearing the label "blended learning" tossed around more often lately? Here's an article that explains it in detail.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

TriCity Academy Wins Both Appeals

The State Board of Education ruled in favor of TriCity twice yesterday in appeal hearings from the Sheridan and Englewood school districts. In the Sheridan case, the board voted 4-3 in favor of TriCity Academy and in the Englewood case, the vote was 5-2. Angelika Schroeder (D-2nd Cong. Dist) voted with the charter school applicants in the second case.

TriCity Academy is a proposed K-8 charter school that wants to locate in the Englewood/Sheridan/Littleton area of the south metropolitan region in Denver. Sheridan is only 2.5 miles across and is largely manufacturing, thus the chances of TriCity Academy finding a suitable facility in the area is slim. However, the Sheridan School District is in its final year of a Turnaround plan, managed by the state.

Englewood is in a similar situation with three of its four elementary schools on an improvement plan. Different charter school applicants have applied the past two years and Englewood always turned down the applications.

TriCity Academy is assisted by Delta Schools, Inc., a nonprofit organized to assist new charter schools in getting approved and open. Delta is a charter school incubator. Schools assisted by Delta are autonomous and after the initial assistance to begin operations, gradually assume more responsibility for operations.

Delta also assists new applicants in acquiring and financing a facility for the school through the Education Opportunity Fund. TriCity Academy is working with the Fund for its facility.