Monday, June 27, 2022

In Case You Missed It – June 27, 2022

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This week we learn about charter schools getting special treatment in North Caroline, religious schools using public funds, and some Father's Day advice. There are also two articles of local interest.


North Carolina Offers Sweet Deal to Failing Virtual Charter Schools

Instead of looking at the data which indicates that their virtual charters aren't working, North Carolina doubles down on a plan that doesn't work.

From Diane Ravitch
North Carolina has a problem. The public consistently chooses to put its children in public schools, but the Tea Party-dominated General Assembly (legislature) favors privatization. No matter how poorly the charter schools and voucher schools perform, the General Assembly wants more of them. I wonder why? Is is campaign contributions or just hostility to anything public?


Court rules for religious schools

The US Supreme Court has ruled that private religious schools should get public tax dollars.

From School Matters
It’s no surprise that the Supreme Court has taken another step to support public funding of religion. It had already been moving that direction with rulings in 2017 and 2020. But today’s decision, in Carson v. Makin, is still a big deal, and it leaves open several questions for the court to address.

The court ruled today that Maine can’t exclude religious schools from a small program that provides tuition vouchers for students in isolated rural areas to attend private secondary schools. Doing so, it said, violates the First Amendments requirement of religious freedom.

“The State pays tuition for certain students at private schools — so long as the schools are not religious,” Chief Justice John Roberts writes for the 6-3 majority. “That is discrimina­tion against religion.”


Father's Day 2022: A Reminder to Read Aloud to Your Children

A year-round gift for Father's Day...

From Live Long and Prosper
Reading aloud is more beneficial than standardized tests or worksheets. It is more important than homework or flashcards. It is the single most important thing a parent can do to help their children become better readers. It is the single most important thing teachers can do to help their students become better readers.

Southwest Allen nearing first step toward November referendum

Southwest Allen County Schools asks the taxpayers for support. 

From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette**
The Southwest Allen County Schools board is preparing to take the initial step toward a November referendum with an estimated $6.4 million spending plan.

The five-member group is expected to act July 12 on a resolution Superintendent Park Ginder introduced Tuesday about extending the most recent operating referendum tax levy fund.

“This resolution is the first step in moving forward and will enable us to draft materials and explain the referendum more thoroughly to our constituents in the coming days and weeks and months,” Ginder said.

SACS last asked voters to approve an operating referendum in 2016. The district plans to ask for the same rate – 15 cents per $100 of assessed value – for the years 2023 to 2030.

Ginder directed the board to a summary of the estimated $6,405,687 spending plan.


Fort Wayne Community Schools shifts to new transportation director

From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette**
After eight years of helping navigate busing challenges including budget cuts and driver shortages, Frank Jackson is ready to put the brakes on his career.

Jackson retires as Fort Wayne Community Schools’ transportation director June 30, and his successor has already taken the wheel. Renee Dawson returned to FWCS last month after leading transportation at DeKalb County Central United Schools since 2012. Her salary is $115,008.

Dawson, who previously worked for FWCS in roles including driver and supervisor of driver operations, is thankful for the opportunity.

“It feels good to be back with people that I know and that I can depend on to work for our students and our families,” Dawson said.

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