U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina last week led 21 of his colleagues in introducing Congressional Review Act legislation seeking to nullify the Biden administration’s new Charter School Program (CSP), deeming them “burdensome requirements” for charter schools seeking funding to open new schools or expand existing ones.
Walter Myers III, a member of the board of the Discovery Institute and of the Orange County Classical Academy in California, penned a piece for Real Clear Education’s blog in which he sought to tackle “misconceptions” about charter schools. He doesn’t sugar coat the truth but definitely separates myth from reality.
Spaces still available…
Two new IDEA charter schools in Cincinnati, authorized by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, are open and still enrolling new students for the current school year. You can check out some of the the details here.
…but getting to the door may be hard
Not to sound like a broken record, but reliable bus transportation for charter school families continues to be hard to come by in Dayton. However, the outcry against busing woes in the Gem City took on a distinctly different tone last week when it turned out that a district school board member was also having difficulty getting transportation for her own son heading to a Dayton Public high school.
The view from Cleveland
It was announced this week that Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon will be leaving the job he has held for 11 years at the end of the current school year. The monumental change raised questions at a local public media outlet regarding possible changes to the “Cleveland Plan” that has guided both the district and partnering charter schools for more than 8 of those years. The local teachers union was quick to offer its opinion that many changes to the plan were warranted, starting with an immediate moratorium on new and expanded charter schools.
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