Posts Tagged ‘graduation rate’

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

October 1, 2010

Watch Oprah Talk About “Waiting for Superman”

October 1, 2010

Oprah Winfrey has highlighted the problem with failing schools and has told everyone to see the movie, “Waiting for Superman”.  Her show is on the five YouTube videos below.

Visit Fandango to find the theaters and times where you can see “Waiting for Superman” in your zip code.

Watch Oprah Talk About “Waiting for Superman”

September 28, 2010

Oprah Winfrey has highlighted the problem with failing schools and has told everyone to see the movie, “Waiting for Superman”.  Her show is on the five YouTube videos below.

Visit Fandango to find the theaters and times where you can see “Waiting for Superman” in your zip code.

See the Agony and Ecstasy of a Charter-School Wait-List

September 3, 2010

THIS WEEKEND, you can view “The Lottery”, which is a feature-length documentary movie about four low-income families hoping to win the chance for their child to attend an excellent charter school, Harlem Success Academy, instead of the failing district public school. You have four opportunities to watch it THIS WEEKEND at www.constellation.tv.

Unlike other school-choice documentaries, this movie describes the emotional dimension of  parental choice in education.  You are introduced to four low-income families and experience the love and hope that the parents have for their children and their education.

You witness the hostility and persecution that the educational establishment has for this successful charter school, which prevents the charter school from expanding in order to take more children off of its wait-list.

The climax of the movie is the meeting for the lottery drawing.  The auditorium is filled with thousands of families hoping to win one of the 475 open slots to attend Harlem Success Academy.  Since the movie allows you to develop an emotional relationship with these families. You feel the elation of the one family that wins a slot for their daughter and the disappointment of the other three families that do not win.

I highly recommend the movie.  Take time this holiday weekend to experience the agony and ecstasy of “The Lottery”.

More Evidence of ‘What Works’ for American Education

February 8, 2010

Three highlights from an excellent WSJ article about research in favor of vouchers.

“In 2008 the graduation rate for voucher students was 77% versus 65% for the nonvoucher students…”

The voucher students receive less than half the public funding that the public students receive.

“The Milwaukee program has survived for 20 years despite ferocious political opposition, and it would have died long ago if parents didn’t believe their children were better off for it.”

The NEA’s Democratic Puppets Final Answer? Abandon D.C.’s Poor Kids

December 19, 2009

WSJ Editorial exposes Senator Durbin’s (D-IL) trail of broken promises. Obama signs the bill that phases out the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.  So much for “education reform”.

Basis Charter School is “on Top”

November 13, 2009

Great article in World Magazine about Basis Charter School in Tucson, AZ

Walter Williams Discusses School Choice

October 24, 2009

Galveston Charter School Expands Campus

September 7, 2009

According to the Galveston County “The Daily News”, Odyssey Academy, a charter school in Galveston, has doubled the square footage of its school building by leasing an HEB grocery store that was flooded during Hurricane Ike.

Dallas ISD Has Some Serious Competition in Detroit Public Schools.

August 13, 2009

I found some priceless tidbits in the WSJ article, Detroit School Woes Deepen.

…[T]he state sent an emergency financial manager, Robert Bobb, to straighten out the city’s ailing school system.  A probe launched by Mr. Bobb uncovered paychecks going to 257 “ghost” employees…

…Keith R. Johnson, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers… said there has been a “tendency to over-dramatize the level of corruption and the financial impact.”

Mr. Bobb… faced scrutiny himself this week when it came to light that he has awarded a no-bid contract worth nearly $1 million to a firm he used to work for… based in Philadelphia.  A spokesman for Mr. Bobb didn’t return several calls…

Plagued by poor test scores and occasionally violence – including multiple shootings near the locations of the district’s… summer-school program this year…

…[T]he district only graduates around one in four students who enroll in ninth grade…

Okay, Dallas ISD, I challenge you to beat this level of corruption.