Searching for Logic in the Jersey Anti-Charter School MovementMarch 1, 2013
Hunterdon Democrat to NJ Teachers: “Welcome to the Real World”March 5, 2013
The Star Ledger, NJ Spotlight, Asbury Park Press, the Courier Post, Central Jersey, and the Record have breakdowns of each school district’s state aid for 2013-2014. The highest increases go to Elizabeth ($7,559,176), Camden ($3.6 million), Bridgeton City ($3,159,226), and Atlantic City ($2,256,673).
NJ Spotlight examines the “teeny weeny” voucher program (Sen. Lesniak’s description) that Gov. Christie proposed in his budget address.
The state DOE, reports the Star Ledger and NJ Spotlight, is closing three charter schools for poor test scores and leadership: The Institute for Excellence Charter School in Hammonton, Liberty Academy Charter School in Jersey City, and Oceanside Charter School in Atlantic City. Thirteen autonomous public schools will have their charters renewed.
The Press of Atlantic City reports that “The decision to accept students from other towns is proving to be very profitable for local school districts in the state Public School Choice Program.”
Mathematica used a matched comparison design and a random assignment lottery to produce comprehensive evidence on the effects of KIPP middle schools across the country. In the large majority of these schools, KIPP’s impact on student achievement in math, reading, science, and social studies is consistently positive and educationally substantial. In math and reading, there are positive impacts in each of the first four years after a student enrolls in a KIPP school. In science and social studies, the study measured impacts in the grade that states administered tests in these subjects (typically 8th grade), and found positive impacts three to four years after students enroll at KIPP. The evidence suggests that KIPP is among the highest-performing charter networks in the country.