Board's Eye View

The US can learn a great deal from private education in the developing world.

Why the free market belongs in education.

Ray Pinney
Member outreach coordinator, New Jersey School Boards Association

Guest blogger Ray Pinney of the New Jersey School Boards Association reflects on Fordham and CAP’s Rethinking Education Governance conference and what governance reform means for the Garden State.

Okay, it's not exactly what Rupert might condone, but since he and his crew are preoccupied and because our News Nuggets shop has plenty to do, I offer some education highlights from my weekend reading:

Charter Fights Move to the Suburbs Winnie Hu had a front-page story in the Sunday New York Times documenting a small trend in the charter movement to open more of the independent public schools in suburbs: about one in five of the nation's 5,000 charters are now in the ?burbs.? Not surprisingly, the story raises some existential questions about public education. ?Mike calls attention to the article in his Myth of the ?good? school post this morning, pointing out that ?One person's `good school' is another person's `bad fit.'? ?But there is also a ?financial question here, which is whether we can afford a good school, or even a good fit, for everyone. Is the computer the answer? Just as we citizens and taxpayers pool our resources to build common roads and ?provide for the common defense,? our ?public school system? has traditionally supposed that we get better education by having common schools. Traditionally, that has meant a central location. But if we don't need bricks and mortar to educate, do we still need a there there?

Rocketship Takes Off One of the newest charter success stories, Palo-Alto-based Rocketship Education may provide some answers.? According to Vauhini Vara of the Wall Street Journal, the the four-year old organization, which operates four schools in Santa Clara County and whose donors include Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, ?is known for a ?hybrid approach. While students spend most of an eight-hour school day in traditional classrooms, they also bone up daily on their shakiest skills by playing educational computer...

The Mind Trust's blueprint for overhauling Indy's education governance structure is forward-thinking and desperately needed.

Despite reports to the contrary, reformers acknowledge the role of poverty in education outcomes.

Reflecting on the latest stories in education governance.

Is Newt Gingrich the GOP candidate with the most thought-out education policy?

The Education Gadfly

View the footage from the third and fourth sessions of the December 1, 2011 Fordham-CAP "Rethinking Education Governance" conference.