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BASIS Independent Brooklyn and BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for 2014-15

BASIS San Antonio opened this fall, joining BASIS charter schools in Arizona and Washington, D.C.; read more in this earlier post about the dedication ceremony. Now BASIS is expanding in a different direction, opening independent schools in New York and California: BASIS Independent Brooklyn and BASIS Independent … Continue reading

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Inspiration: character video from KIPP NYC teachers

My earlier post today was sort of a downer; I needed to get my head in the right place. So I re-watched this short video featuring KIPP NYC teachers talking about character education: Need more inspiration? Watch KIPP: San Antonio CEO Mark Larson’s 2012 TEDx … Continue reading

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The Economist interviews Paul Tough and reviews his book “How Children Succeed”

Paul Tough’s book, “How Children Succeed”, asks why, among the early graduates of a KIPP middle school in New York who scored high on tests and got into college, so many had trouble finishing college. Paul Tough, a journalist and former editor at … Continue reading

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Ben Yehuda Academy in San Antonio is part of a national Hebrew charter school trend

Hebrew language immersion is, well, sort of niche. But last year, when BASIS and Great Hearts were applying for their charters, I watched Ben Yehuda Academy applying for their charter (their interview was right after Great Hearts), and I was … Continue reading

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Praise for New York’s Success Academies in Wall Street Journal

An opinion piece by Joel Klein praises the recent test results from Success Academies in New York City. Joel Klein, “New York’s Charter Schools Get an A+”, Joel Klein, Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2012. Klein argues that it’s time to … Continue reading

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Deborah Kenny: “Why Charter Schools Work”

Critics claim that charter schools are successful only because they cherry-pick students, because they have smaller class sizes, or because motivated parents apply for charter lotteries and non-motivated parents do not. And even if charters are successful, they argue, there … Continue reading

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Do charter schools succeed because of student selection?

High performing charter schools claim that they succeed because they have the flexibility to use innovative teaching methods. Critics of charter schools look for other explanations, such as higher spending per student. Or “creaming,” the alleged practice of selecting students … Continue reading

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