Idealism that Blinds: Facing Social and Educational Inequity

One aspect of the education reform debate that persistently gives me pause is the claim that the top students are being short-changed in U.S. public education—specifically due to disproportionate time and money being spent on struggling students. I have attempted to address this argument both seriously and satirically, but each approach has brought primarily defense […]

The Virtual Charter School: The new rat in town

For young Jaime, Tori and Hope Leonard, they wake up at 6:30 a.m. and by 7:30 they get dressed and they are – virtually – in school, without ever leaving home. Like all children who are home- schooled, the two sisters don’t even have to leave their house. But unlike home-schooled children, the Leonards are actually enrolled in a public school — a virtual charter school that is part of the Wisconsin, Appleton Area School District about 100 miles away. Because her children are enrolled in Wisconsin Connections Academy, Leonard pays nothing, the school is public

Virtual Charter Schools: The new 'rat' in town

Virtual Charter Schools: Getting a public education without the ‘meddlesome and fickle’ public The Virtual Charter Movement: Connections Academy and the Wisconsin Virtual Academy Charter School (WIVA)      For young Jaime, Tori and Hope Leonard, they wake up at 6:30 a.m. and by 7:30 they get dressed and they are - virtually - in school, […]