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Waiting For Kryptonite: ‘Superman’ Offers Simplistic Solution To School Problems

I haven’t seen “Waiting for Superman,” and I don’t expect to. I’ve read enough reviews to see the film as yet one more one-sided and vicious attack on the public school system and teachers’ unions. Read more

Go, Idaho!: Federal Judge Rules Against Religious Right Charter School

Idaho’s state slogan is “Great Potatoes, Tasty Destinations.” I’d like to add a third item: “Scrumptious Church-State Decisions.”

In a major defeat for the Religious Right, a federal court in Idaho has ruled that public charter schools have no constitutional right to use the Bible as part of their curriculum. Read more

Charter Challenge: Catholic School Conversions Worry Legal Experts

Two Catholic elementary schools in Indianapolis will convert to public charter schools and receive nearly $1 million in state funding, according to a plan that was recently authorized by city officials. Read more

Conversion Anxiety: Parochial-To-Charter-School Transitions Spark Concern

The creative folks at the Archdiocese of Miami think they have found a new group of donors to bail out their financially strapped parishes and parochial schools: the taxpayers of Florida.

According to Florida Catholic, several Catholic schools in South Florida that closed due to declining enrollment or money problems reopened this fall as publicly funded charter schools. Read more

Charter For Controversy: Religion, State And The Constitution At School

In the final days of his administration, former President George W. Bush issued a report on why our country needs more charter schools. The document even suggested ways that schools might circumvent the constitutional ban of school-sponsored religion.

That's a recipe for controversy, of course. And Tarek Ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a charter school in Minnesota, is the latest example of how such a dispute can erupt. Read more