June 18, 2019
 BLACK LEADERS CHANNEL TWISTED SISTER.   A powerful piece calling out black leaders for their lack of support of charter schools comes this week from Gwen Samuels, founder and President of the Connecticut Parents Union.  As she puts it, “they have a moral obligation to break their silence and stand up for black parents, families and students caught […] Read more »
June 11, 2019
 D.C. SCHOOLS CHANNEL TITANIC OFFICERS.  A memorable scene in the movie “Titanic” was the ship’s officers refusing to unlock gates that kept steerage passengers trapped below decks, condemned to drown. The officers could care less, those passengers were after all just poor folks.  The D.C government is treating 12,000 poor kids waiting to get into […] Read more »
June 4, 2019
  SHOW ME SHOWS US. When the Kansas City business community first started tackling how best to improve the city’s schools, they tried everything. From the biggest installation of Teach for America to lots of money, nothing worked.  Finally former Kaufmann Foundation president Carl Schramm thought to himself, let’s model a good school. So they invested […] Read more »
May 29, 2019
  A DAY LATE BUT STILL TIMELY.  If it’s Tuesday it must be CER Newswire day, except when Monday is a holiday. We hope you had a great Memorial Day and were able to pause to recognize those in uniform who have fought so valiantly to protect and defend freedom.  Freedom comes at a price, though. […] Read more »
May 21, 2019
  FIGHTING BACK.  Doing his part in the continuing war on educational opportunities for disadvantaged kids, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has submitted a budget that will end the state’s “Opportunity Scholarship Program”. The program currently provides up to $4,200 per school year to low income students  - currently over 9,500 participate - to attend any […] Read more »
May 14, 2019
 HAPPY NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOLS WEEK! Join us in celebrating the most impactful innovation in public education delivery since the country centralized schooling. Why should you? Read on and find out.SQUARE 1 - The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has provided a road map  to get you started on your journey to learn and expand […] Read more »
May 8, 2019
  This week we bring you a quick round robin of what we think are the most interesting – even if frustrating – happenings around the world of education opportunity and innovation. KIDS SHELTER TO OPEN CHARTER.  What a great example of using the leverage of the charter school idea to help kids where they […] Read more »
April 30, 2019
 NY TIMES v PERSONALIZED LEARNING.It’s no secret that many parents are getting a little uneasy about the role of technology in teaching and learning. Teachers, too, are largely unaware in many places about the way technology can most effectively be a tool, not a substitute, for great teaching. Most of the reason anyone gets uneasy […] Read more »
April 23, 2019
 PURPLE FOR PARENTS.  Parents are tired of getting beaten up for wanting choice in their child's education. And are also tired seeing the teachers they love being intimidated into walking out on the students they serve.  Don’t believe us?  Check out this video of this Arizona union boss demanding that any teacher that doesn’t follow him on command […] Read more »
April 16, 2019
  ADVANCING OPPORTUNITY.  The annual CAO Summit is wrapping up today in Washington, DC.  A program of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund whose membership includes public HBCUs, the Center for Advancing Opportunity is focused on solving the problems that prevent opportunity from reaching people in what they call fragile communities.  Reforming the prison system, education, AND economic […] Read more »