December

School Choice: Who Gets Left Behind?

We take a look at two New Jersey high schools, one public and one charter, to find out the effect choice has on students

 

Traditional Schools Serve All Who Come

As well-financed charters attract motivated families, the public schools must educate a low-income, poor, and increasingly special-needs student body

 

Who Chooses Charter Schools?

Seeking to escape troubled schools, some Camden families are choosing charters. But are they really better off?

 

Features

  • School Boards as Citizens

    School boards reflect the values of their communities, and that's where their greatest strength lies

  • Costly Tax Loopholes for Schools

    Corporations are paying far lower taxes than they can -- and costing school districts money in the process

Departments

  • School Board News

    December 2010 Up Front

    News, views, and trends you should watch.

  • Your Turn

    December 2010 Your Turn

    Your chance to tell us what you think

  • Research

    Too Many School Parties?

    Classroom celebrations also can be learning opportunities for students, but time must be spent crafting thoughtful, meaningful activities

  • School Law

    Due Process Protects Us All

    Legal procedure is not a game of "gotcha"

  • Communications

    Your School's Story on Video

    The ubiquity of online video sites like YouTube has changed viewing habits, compelling school districts to use video in their communications strategies

  • Governance

    Superintendents' New Role

    Savvy superintendents view their boards as partners, not as an audience, and consider themselves "chief board developers"

  • Leadership

    Sound Grading Policies

    Create policies that use boundaries to prevent micromanagement in this important teacher-student-parent communication

  • Money

    Oversight of Extracurricular Money

    Money collected from clubs, field trips, and other activities that occur outside the classroom needs to be regulated carefully to prevent mistakes and fraud

  • Learn More

    December 2010 Reports

    From green schools to Southern poverty