Technological School Safety Initiatives: Considerations to Protect All Students

Researchers at the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Brennan Center for Justice have recently published an important brief for education leaders, practitioners, and policymakers working on issues related to school safety. The original with research-linked endnotes can be downloaded by clicking here or on the title below. The text is provided in full…

How Did The State Board of Education Vote on Controversial Charter School Petitions?

[Originally posted 10:56am September 7th, 2018; Updates provided at the end of post] The appointed State Board of Education in California has been critiqued in recent years as a rubber-stamp of the charter school movement, approving highly problematic petitions for new charter schools, a large proportion of which end up either closing or never even…

What Will Facebook Terragraph, 5G, and Being a “Smart City” Mean for San José Residents?

[First published May 2nd, last updated October 5th, 2018] Silicon Valley’s philosophy to “move fast and break things” may not be readily apparent upon landing on the Smart Cities Vision page for San José, but a closer look at key proposals reveals it’s likely in the mix. While difficult to know how day-to-day life will change as…

KIPP Refuses Agreement To Abide By Conflict of Interest Law; Gets Approved By State Board of Education

  [Original Title]: Will KIPP Be Allowed To Bypass Conflict of Interest Law In Its Bid For State Funds? [3/14/18] Update: The California State Board of Education has voted to approve two KIPP petitions to expand campuses into San Francisco and San Jose despite strong community resistance and knowledge of the charter chain’s refusal to agree…

Red Flags Known and Overlooked With State Board Votes On San José Charter Schools

Update [October 1st, 2019): The California State Department of Education has issued a letter revoking authorization for the opening of the Promise Academy Charter School. The red flags indicated below were known at the time of the granting of the charter. For news coverage of the charter school’s failure to open, see here.  The school’s…