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September 1st, 2010
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Our conversation continues on the state of education in our country with our Fix Our Schools theme week. Many of you have been very vocal on this blog and we really appreciate your comments. Please keep them coming. When this week ends, don't think this falls off our radar. Our show specifically, has a regular segment called CHALK TALK where we focus on education solutions and the people working to make them happen. Today we're talking about High Tech Education and a program in San Francisco that's not without controversy. You can read about the K to College program. Click Here.

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Charter Schools are not without controversy either. No one seems to be in the middle on this topic. CEO of Explore Charter Schools Morty Ballen joins us today with a plan to take the charter school model into the public education system. How will he do this?

Read all about his program. Click here!

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Chalk Talk • Mission Possible
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Polly Clark

    My daughter is a high school teacher , so Im not ragging them.
    But I watched the interview with the two teachers form R I and we ask our students to dress up a little, if I had to enter a class room and see two teachers who look they just got out of bed I dont think I would have much get and go either,we have a male teache who comes in ,in t shirt and jeans

    Thank You
    Polly Clark

    September 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  2. Ernie

    The success of charter schools could in part be due to the evaluation process of the teachers. I think most PS teachers do not want to be evaluated, well get real. Everyone employed gets evaluated on their jobs why shouldn't teachers. The students are being evaluated through test scores why not the teachers. The other part missing in PS's is the corrective action for students not performing well, the emphasis is on those doing well not those doing poorly. No wonder our schools are not getting high ratings.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  3. D. Arrollado

    Interesting interview. After reviewing Explore Charter School's website, no specific information cannot be gleaned, just as in of Mr. Ballen's description of his "company". What is the staffing and credentials required. How important is the "for profit motivation" as reflected in open financial statements, and finally, are all students accepted including special ed. and students with behavior issues.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  4. Sandy - Eugene, OR

    Dear Ali: Your show detailing the history of Iraq this morning was so well done. Thank you very much. You must have gone to a great deal of time and trouble to gather so much information,and then to break it down into a concise time line. I imagine you had some help from staff but it was an excellent and informative program.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  5. Joan Hoffman

    We keep throwing money at education with little success. Until the parent(s) get actively involved, little will change. How many parents monitor their children's homework, turn off the TV, cell phones and iPods during homework time? How many parents go to PTA meetings, meet the teachers, take an active role in education? Not very many. Until education is a family priority, little else will be successful.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  6. florence fidell

    Re: today's show
    You did a disservice to me as well as to your other followers.
    You did NOT get answers to important questions, instead you allowed him to rave about his program.
    Very important questions:
    1- What are your class sizes? He avoided that question.
    2- What do you do for/to the very disruptive children? Are they allowed to remain in the classroom? Are the parents asked to put them back in public schools? Do you check their history before they enter your school, thereby not letting them enroll?
    3- Do parents have to agree to be nvolved in their childrens progress and homework and the teachers comments about how their children are progressing?
    4- Is the rest of the class held back while a student receives special attention from the teacher or is the pupil sent elswhere?

    September 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  7. Dan

    I agree that we need to fix our schools but I find it interesting that most of the interviews and consultants are from charter schools. I have great respect for Steve Perry but his school is less than 500 students grades 6-12, they go year round, they have uniforms and the principal knows every student because the school is small enough to make that possible. I looked at Explore schools and the school was 433 students, for grades k-8 and had 2 certified teachers in each classroom. I work in a public school district that is small to medium. We have over 400 students in our elementary (k-4), the middle school 5-8 is over 1000 students and the HS has mover 1000 students. With year round schools, two teachers in a classroom,and 75 students per grade level instead of 250 students, it is easy to see why some of the charter schools are more successful. I know that public schools need improvement but if we were to scale our school to 75 students per grade level, put 2 teachers in each classroom, and run school ear round, the budget implications would be tremendous. At a time when schools are getting less money from local, state and federal sources, and some schools are asking students to bring toilet paper, cups, napkins, pencils,cleaner for bathrooms, it is unlikely that any of these changes will be considered.

    September 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  8. Tyneequa

    What happen to equal oppurtunity in this world I would be better off living in a foregin country cause living here in the United States the land that they said it is suppose to be for the free but people won't even bother to give you a job cause you got and misdenomer on your record that is not even fair. The law states that your are still suppose to be able to get and interview but people won't even take your application.

    September 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  9. Kimberly Morse

    I am a new teacher. This "Fix our School" program hits to the very heart of issues I wish to address as a current teacher and future catalyst for change.

    Is there some way to get a complete grouping of the "fix our schools" segments? There are a lot of good resources, ideas, and potential contacts that are presented during the show.

    I look forward to hearing back, so that we (my community of teachers) can use the information to the best of our ability/advatage to make positive changes in our schools and community.

    Thank you – Kimberly Morse

    September 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm |
  10. Ms. Adams

    As a parent of now 3 Explorers (1 whom has an IEP and receives services), I can attest to the fact that Explore is not just a school but a community. Parents are treated as partners and work extremely close the school to ensure that our children are getting as well rounded of an education as possible. We play a key role in the planning of our school. Are there kinks the need tweaking of course but for the big picture Explore promotes a healthy learning environment and is responsive to parents.

    September 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  11. Dale

    Our schools are a joke as compared to other countries who are serious about education. We are about early release, especially Fridays) pizza parties, in class movies, field trips etc etc. the schools are in the entertainment business to keep our kids happy.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  12. Don

    Not once have I heard an explanation about social promotion. I worked at a school where the effective passing grade was 45%. The eighth grade math teachers had classes with functioning third graders. One is going to apply merit pay if these teachers are successful? If states want to give standardized exams, then they should have consequences for the pupil such as not getting promoted to the next level if he or she fails it.

    September 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm |