Dear Joe Biden: Rethink Your Stance on Charter Schools.

This is an excerpt from a statement from Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, in response to the House Appropriations Committee cutting $40 million from federal charter school funding and the recommendations from the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force recommendations for K-12 schools. This week, we are also disappointed by the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force recommendations on K-12 education which are harmful to charter schools. I encourage Mr. Biden …

States Must Ensure Espinoza Does Not Further Marginalize Students with Disabilities.

Via the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools: In its June 30, 2020 decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the United States Supreme Court allowed the use of public funds for private religious schools—a move that raises concerns about new legitimacy given to publicly funded voucher programs that do not support the rights of students with disabilities.  The facts in Espinoza, at first glance, are not directly related to students with disabilities. The …

Musical Chairs at Lakewood Public Schools

Last year the Lakewood Board of Education appointed a new principal and assistant principal for Lakewood High School. Last Wednesday the Board did it again, setting a pattern for what appears to be a practice of promoting instability and community distress as these new moves mean that Lakewood High School students will have had three principals and assistant principals in one year. Last August the Board transferred Principal Marcy Marshall and Vice Principal Douglas Riley …

New Jersey Superintendents Blast State Guidance For Reopening Schools to Serve Students with Disabilities

Ten days ago the New Jersey Department of Education issued “guidance” allowing districts to reopen July 6th for in-person summer programming for students with disabilities and claiming that the rules were issued after consulting with all stakeholders. Apparently they didn’t talk to parents.  Or superintendents.  Or teachers.  To wit: Two days after the “guidance” was issued (actually, the DOE just took the rules for summer camp and slapped a new title on top), a coalition …