Standardized Tests and Charter Politics

On Thursday, the School District of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission voted not to renew the charters of three schools. This is a new and, in many ways, encouraging move for the SRC to take. For years, the SRC has approved charter renewals even in the face of serious violations and mismanagement. Though this new SRC…

The Budget Season Scrap for Scraps

It’s March 31st, and all over the country, elected officials, lobbyists, corporate leaders, labor unions, students, and community members are in the early stages of an annual battle royal. It’s budget season; that special time of year when competing interests slug it out to see who will get a bigger slice (or sliver) of the…