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Updated April 10, 2019
Los Angeles hired consultants to ‘re-imagine’ its school system. Read their confidential recommendations.
Consultants hired by the country’s second-largest school district recommended a dramatic restructuring of Los Angeles Unified, documents show.
March 8, 2019
A Chalkbeat explainer: What is the ‘portfolio model’ of running schools?
We answer common questions about the portfolio model, including what the heck it means, why it’s so controversial, and whether it “works.”
January 8, 2019
As L.A. teachers threaten to strike, union leaders are fighting a controversial school reform strategy
If LA teachers go on strike, it won’t just be about pay—it will be part of a broader fight over the role of charter schools and an obscure school reform idea.
December 9, 2018
The City Fund’s next steps: These 7 cities are the focus of the biggest new education player
A new group that’s raised millions has begun spending that money in seven cities — and its staff may be planning to try to influence elections, too.
November 14, 2018
A quietly edited report and dueling blog posts reveal a divide over the ‘portfolio model’
A report on school choice released last month offered this in a list of strategies for improving schools: “a portfolio approach.” Today, that reference is gone.
October 2, 2018
Mayor de Blasio almost proposed a universal enrollment system for district and charter schools, emails show
Early in de Blasio’s administration, emails show, the idea was initially met with approval from other senior officials.
the portfolio push
August 21, 2018
40 cities in 10 years: Leaked presentation offers more details on new group’s goals to spread charter (and charter-like) schools
The City Fund wants to reach 5 percent of low-income students in the U.S. within five years, according to a presentation obtained by Chalkbeat.
August 16, 2018
New data pulls back curtain on Chicago’s high school admissions derby
Before the online portal GoCPS system streamlined the high school choice process, Chicago schools lacked a common deadline or single place portal to…
the portfolio push
Updated August 21, 2018
With big names and $200 million, a new group is forming to push for the ‘portfolio model’
Several big names in education reform are teaming up.
July 25, 2018
Chicago schools pass $7.5 billion budget despite calls to halt vote
On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass Chicago Public Schools’ $7.5 billion budget for the 2018-2019 school year, despite calls…
July 19, 2018
New budget gives CPS CEO Janice Jackson opportunity to play offense
Running Chicago’s schools might be the toughest tour of duty in town for a public sector CEO. There have been eight chiefs in…
future of schools
July 3, 2018
The Oakland school board is pushing for more coordination with charter schools, but faces fierce backlash
In Oakland school board members just told their superintendent to get to work on a plan to coordinate among all of the publicly funded schools in the city.
April 26, 2018
After two years at helm, CEO of Memphis Education Fund is leaving
Marcus Robinson is resigning from Memphis’ most prominent education philanthropic fund for a new job in his hometown of St. Louis.
April 6, 2018
Here’s who’s running for Memphis school board in August
Fifteen people are vying for four seats on the Memphis school board. The election is Aug. 2.
March 28, 2018
Can top charters truly ‘replicate’? In Boston, yes — elsewhere, it’s not so clear
A new study finds that Boston charters maintained their high performance as they rapidly grew — perhaps because they closely emulated their original schools’ practices.
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