Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EDT Nov 1, 2018 In 2014, Madonna made international headlines by turning her attention back to Detroit and the roots she once left behind as she headed off for fame. Four years later, the Michigan-born pop superstar still seems committed to the cause: Madonna is announcing a $100,000 matching-grant challenge for the Detroit Prep charter school as it seeks to move into an abandoned public school building on the city's east side. The progressive elementary school is now housed in a church basement in Indian Village and is quickly outgrowing the space. Madonna is asking fans and others to contribute to the campaign, and she'll match their collective donations up to $100,000 through her Ray of Light Foundation. "Detroit has such a special place in my heart," Madonna wrote in a statement. "Kids in Detroit deserve access to great schools and I am happy to do my part to give them one!" Detroit Prep, founded in … [Read more...] about Madonna pledges up to $100,000 for Detroit charter school
Sally Ho, Associated Press Updated 12:15 pm CDT, Friday, October 26, 2018 FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, children hold signs during a rally in support of charter schools at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. On Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, the Washington Supreme Court upheld most of the state's charter school law, eliminating the specter that the classrooms serving more than 3,000 students might have to close. less FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, children hold signs during a rally in support of charter schools at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. On Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, the Washington Supreme Court upheld most ... more Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, children hold signs during a rally in support of … [Read more...] about After 24 years, Washington state charter school law stands
By Letters From Our Readers | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 23, 2018 at 7:06 am | UPDATED: October 23, 2018 at 7:10 am Why support the candidate funded by billionaire charter-school backers? Re: “Our recommendations so far for the Nov. 6 elections” (Opinion section, Oct. 21): I am disappointed that the Mercury News supports Marshall Tuck for superintendent of public instruction. Why support the candidate funded by billionaire charter-school backers? Tuck’s only educational experience is managing charter schools — and the LA Times reported in 2009, teachers at 8 out of 10 of those schools voted “no confidence” in the leadership he was part of. Tuck’s supporters praise higher graduation rates at these schools, but the years that graduation rates increased, college readiness rates decreased at those schools, leaving questions about how higher graduation rates were achieved. In contrast, Tony Thurmond spent 20 years as a social worker, … [Read more...] about Letter: Why support the candidate funded by billionaire charter-school backers?
Laura Meckler, The Washington Post Published 4:28 pm PDT, Saturday, October 20, 2018 CINCINNATI - For nearly two decades, an online charter school with a bold name - the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow - grew in Ohio, helped along by the state's Republicans, who embraced the idea of "school choice" for families. Conceived on the back of a Waffle House napkin, the school grew to become one of the largest in the state. Republicans cheered on ECOT, as the school was known, and ECOT officials contributed more than $2 million to GOP campaign accounts. That was before it all crumbled. It was before state regulators figured out the school was being paid to educate thousands of students who never logged in. Before the state ordered the school to repay $80 million. Before the school abruptly closed in January, leaving 12,000 students stranded. Now, Democrats, who have been locked out of power in Columbus for eight years, are hoping the complex tale of a charter school's … [Read more...] about Failed online charter school complicates Ohio politics
Marc Daalder Detroit Free Press Published 2:51 PM EDT Oct 16, 2018 Former Detroit City Councilwoman Sharon McPhail appeared in court on Tuesday to combat allegations that she ran a charter school without the proper certification. Instead of contesting the allegations, however, McPhail and her attorneys hashed out a deal with the charter school authorizer's lawyers to delay the hearing for two weeks while the two parties attempt to seek a settlement. According to the original lawsuit, McPhail served as the superintendent of Detroit Community Schools, a charter school authorized by Bay Mills Community College from September 2012 to September 2018. During this time, the lawsuit argues, she was required to have a School Administrator Permit but never obtained one, leading to more than $200,000 in fines. In an attempt to avoid this requirement, McPhail allegedly changed her job title five times in six years, cycling variously between superintendent, chief administrative officer, … [Read more...] about Ex-council member McPhail seeks to settle with charter school