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School Choice

The Fight For Funding: K-12 Students Caught In The Middle

On October 17, 2016, the California Third District Court of Appeal released a decision (reversing a previous decision) that makes many non-classroom-based charter school resource centers located outside the boundaries of the authorizing school district illegal (Anderson Union High School District v. Shasta Secondary Home School, Case No. C07849). This decision was in response to ongoing litigation between a school district and charter school in Shasta County, CA, and could have a devastating effect on school choice and particularly blended and hybrid learning in California.
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Method Schools

What's Up Next For Method Schools?

As we approach the holiday season and 2016 winds down, I wanted to share some of the great things that are happening and will be happening as the school year progresses. We've conducted surveys and we've spoken with parents, students, and Method staff. And our dedicated team has researched the best learning tools and experiences for students. We all want nothing but the very best for Method students. It's such an exciting time as a non-educator to watch these pros do their thing. 
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Traditional School

Can Charter Schools And School Districts Coexist?

California charter school enrollment is on the rise. As demand rises, charter schools are popping up all over Southern California. Depending on who you ask, this is either a dream or a nightmare. In fact, some school districts have resorted to legal action to stop charter school expansion. Because charter schools don't typically have access to comparable legal and financial resources, these lawsuits can be devastating. 
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School Choice

Be Open: Plan A Doesn't Always Work

Dr. Jessica Spallino’s blog The Emerging Doctrine of Schoolism illustrated how prejudice can get in the way of progress and can lead to elitism. This is true whether it's trying to find a job, run a school, or do pretty much anything in life. We live in an era of strong, polarizing opinions that often force us into stereotypical groups.
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Online Learning

Creating a Schedule for Online Home School: 5 Questions to Ask

One of the hardest things about transitioning to online home school is learning to adhere to a schedule. You have what initially feels like an endless amount of freedom in front of you, and it's easy to fall into the trap of ignoring those school responsibilities. There are so many other things that you'd rather be doing with your day! Setting up a schedule is a critical step to success in your online home school. When you create your schedule, there are several factors that you'll need to take into consideration.
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Project Based Learning

Is Project Based Learning The Answer For My Middle School Student?

When you choose a middle school for your student, you want to choose a school that is well suited to their needs. Middle school is a critical time in the academic of many students. A project based middle school offers a number of advantages that you should carefully consider.    
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Online Learning

Five Obvious Benefits Of Online High School

As your child enters their high school years, you may begin to question which option will best meet their educational needs. With public schools, private schools, charter schools, and online charter schools available, there are resources available to meet the learning needs of a wide variety of students. For many students, online high school is the perfect option to meet their unique needs, and acts as a great alternative to traditional public school. Online high schools provide an array of benefits to students by creating a more flexible learning environment that fits into their lifestyle. If you are considering enrolling your child in online high school but are unsure if this is the right choice to make, here is an overview of just a few of the many benefits that online high schools provide.
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quality schools

Are Charter Schools Effective?

The performance of charter schools has been a topic of much debate in education since the first charter school opened its doors in 1992. Typically, the loudest voices for or against charters have come from the education leaders and the schools themselves. Basically, those with the most to gain - or lose - seem to have the loudest opinions. Regardless, it's hard to ignore that charter schools have disrupted the status quo in K-12 education, and there's no sign of charter school growth slowing. It seems that people can't get enough of choice when it comes to their childrens' educations. 
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Outcomes

The Biggest Problem In Education

My first job in the education field was as a high school janitor. I needed money, was going to school, and the job basically fell in my lap. It was hard work! I admire the dedication of education support personnel. They often do the less glamorous work and their dedication is often much greater than their compensation. I wasn't good at it, and I doubt anyone admired my work. 
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Class Size

Yes...Class Size Matters

Imagine it's your child's first day of kindergarten, and you anxiously drop her off at school. You're proud that she's achieving this milestone but also worried that she won't fit in, won't find her voice within the class. Would you rather her first real experience with school be in a classroom with one teacher, one aide, and 30 students, where the adults are frantically running around spending all of their time trying to corral the students and maintain order, or in a classroom with one teacher, one aide, and 18 students, where each student gets all of the attention they need? Or for your child who is just going off to high school, entering those essential years to prepare for college, would you want him to be in a lecture hall with 50 other students? Or would you want him in a class with 15 others, where the professor had time to answer every student's questions? Schools with small class sizes are more successful overall in terms of helping students meet educational benchmarks, and are especially successful at helping underprivileged students meet those benchmarks.
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