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Religious charter school up in the air

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At the nation’s first religious charter school, student registration and staff recruitment are in full swing for an August opening.

“If you love the Lord and you are excited about teaching … we would love to talk to you,” Principal Misty Smith says in a video seeking educators for St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School — an Oklahoma K-12 named for the patron saint of the internet.

But with the school’s future tied up in court, it’s unclear whether St. Isidore will be eligible to use state funds starting this fall, as planned. Meanwhile, families are stuck in limbo.

You can read more about Linda Jacobson's report, and all of today's news, features and analysis, below. But first … be sure to sign up for today's webinar, presented by The 74 and the Progressive Policy Institute, exploring the power of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and how they contribute to the future of teaching and teachers — featuring The 74's Marianna McMurdock. The discussion begins at noon Eastern. Hope to see you there!

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Today! HBCUs as Charter School Authorizers & the Future of Teaching


Increasing numbers of Historically Black Colleges and Universities are acting as incubators for innovation in teaching and growing the Black teacher pipeline. This will be the focus of today’s webinar presented by the Progressive Policy Institute and The 74. Joining the discussion will be 74 Staff Reporter Marianna McMurdock; Howard University College of Education Dean Dawn Williams; Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Teacher Development; and Dr. Artesius Miller of Morehouse College and the Utopian Academy for the Arts Charter School. The conversation begins at noon Eastern. For more details and Zoom registration, click here.

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‘Up in the Air’: Families in Limbo as Courts Decide on Religious Charter


The nation’s first religious charter school — Oklahoma’s St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School — is preparing to open in August. But its future is still tied up in court. A state Supreme Court ruling is pending, while a hearing in a second lawsuit is set for July 24. Robert Franklin, chair of the virtual charter board, thinks the school’s opening should be put on hold. “It’s unsettling to enroll and start students in a school which is under court review,” he told Linda Jacobson. 

 

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. GOOD MORNING! At the nation’s first religious charter school, student registration and staff recruitment are in full swing for an August opening. “If you love the Lord and you are excited about teaching … we would love to talk to you,” Principal Misty Smith says in a video seeking educators for St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School — an Oklahoma K-12 named for the patron saint of the internet. But with the school’s future tied up in court, it’s unclear whether St. Isidore will be eligible to use state funds starting this fall, as planned. Meanwhile, families are stuck in limbo. You can read more about Linda Jacobson's report, and all of today's news, features and analysis, below. But first … be sure to sign up for today's webinar, presented by The 74 and the Progressive Policy Institute, exploring the power of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and how they contribute to the future of teaching and teachers — featuring The 74's Marianna McMurdock. The discussion begins at noon Eastern. Hope to see you there! WEBINAR ey The Future of Teaching Tuesday. June 11 at 12.00 p.m. ET Dean, Down Wilams Dr.Artesius iler e Merionna MeMurdock Howorg Unkoriy Coogeof Morahousa Colego Utopin Conterfor Block Teacher 4 E [ e L s . Ry s TODAY! HBCUS AS CHARTER SCHOOL AUTHORIZERS & THE FUTURE OF TEACHING Increasing numbers of Historically Black Colleges and Universities are acting as incubators for innovation in teaching and growing the Black teacher pipeline. This will be the focus of today’s webinar presented by the Progressive Policy Institute and The 74. Joining the discussion will be 74 Staff Reporter Marianna McMurdock; Howard University College of Education Dean Dawn Williams; Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Teacher Development; and Dr. Artesius Miller of Morehouse College and the Utopian Academy for the Arts Charter School. The conversation begins at noon Eastern. For more details and Zoom registration, click here. OKLAHOMA ‘UP IN THE AIR’: FAMILIES IN LIMBO AS COURTS DECIDE ON RELIGIOUS CHARTER The nation’s first religious charter school — Oklahoma’s St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School — is preparing to open in August. But its future is still tied up in court. A state Supreme Court ruling is pending, while a hearing in a second lawsuit is set for July 24. Robert Franklin, chair of the virtual charter board, thinks the school’s opening should be put on hold. “It’s unsettling to enroll and start students in a school which is under court review,” he told Linda Jacobson.  GO DEEPER: * ‘Are We Being Used as a Test Case?’: Oklahoma Justices Question Catholic Charter * A Fraught Path: Choice Supporters to Oklahoma Backers of Catholic Charter Schools: ‘Proceed with Caution’ * Christianity in the Classroom: Bible-Infused Curriculum Sparks Texas-Sized Controversy COMMENTARY PERSONALIZED LEARNING BOOSTS STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, REDUCES COVID LEARNING LOSS In recent years, personalized, competency-based learning has gained traction as an innovative approach to better prepare today’s learners for what’s next. This method has been used successfully in hundreds of districts and schools across the U.S., and more and more states are putting policies in place to support a transition toward more innovative teaching and learning practices. Contributor William R. Hite offers two case studies in how personalized learning boosts student engagement and reduces pandemic learning losses. READ MORE: * Gen Z Survey: Many Say School Lacks a ‘Sense of Purpose’ and Isn’t ‘Motivating’ * ‘Personalized Learning’ Charter Schools: Analysis — Scores Show Many Students Continued to Thrive Academically During Pandemic COMMENTARY CHILD TAX CREDIT FAILURE REAFFIRMS YOUNG PEOPLE’S PESSIMISM ABOUT GOVERNMENT America tolerates relatively high levels of child poverty compared with peer nations; nearly 50% of U.S. students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch because of their families’ low incomes. Yet, Congress recently missed a bipartisan opportunity to do something about this shameful, persistent American problem by expanding the child tax credit. The 74 contributor Conor Williams wonders if young people struggle not just because of screen time and TikTok, but because adults, when given the chance to help, refuse to do so. RELATED: * From March: Final Push to Save Expanded Child Tax Credit as Senate Hopes Dim * 'Do We as Americans Really Value Childhood Wellness?': Commentary — Will Congress Care Enough to Restore the Expanded Child Tax Credit? * From the 2016 Archives: 50 Years Later, What America Still Hasn’t Learned From the Coleman Report LEARNING LOSS AS TEXAS MATH SCORES LAG, WORRIES GROW ABOUT STUDENTS’ READINESS FOR STEM JOBS Partial standardized test scores released last week show Texas high schoolers still struggle with algebra, again raising concerns about their readiness to enter STEM careers. In our latest partnership with the Texas Tribune, Annie Xia reports that the percentage of students who scored at grade level in Algebra 1 on the STAAR test was 45%, same as last year. Since the pandemic, academic performance in the subject has remained mostly unchanged— 17 points below scores from spring 2019. READ MORE: * After Literacy Wins: Oakland REACH’s Parent ‘Liberators’ Take on Math Tutoring * From the 2022 Archive: Damage from NAEP Math Losses Could Total Nearly $1 Trillion ICYMI PSYCHOLOGIST PETER GRAY: MORE SCHOOL AND LESS PLAY IS MAKING CHILDREN DEPRESSED Abundant data suggest that children now spend much less time outside making friends and inventing games, and much more indoors, doing homework and absorbing media under the eyes of their parents. Peter Gray, a research psychologist at Boston College, has spent his career studying what happens when free play is edged out by activities overseen by adults, especially school. In a conversation with The 74’s Kevin Mahnken, Gray argues that the decline of unsupervised fun has led to the well-documented crisis in youth mental health. Website Twitter Facebook Instagram Copyright © 2024 The Seventy Four, All rights reserved. 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