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Education Reform

Alternatives

Alternative Education Resource Organization
AERO’s goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world.

Books on School and State
Karl Bunday’s reading list for some heavy reading about the role of the state in education.

Education Revolution
AERO director Jerry Mintz, showcases the dramatic changes that are reshaping the face of education in the USA and around the world while you can listen in every Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools
Our mission is to unite and organize a grassroots movement of learners and learning communities dedicated to participant control and the elimination of ecological and human oppression.

Open Portal Schools
A friend of mine, Liza Loop, back in 1986, envisioned what web-based education in the future might look like. I read this thesis of hers back then, and I think you will see how she influenced me and this website tremendously. Many a homeschooling “center” seems to be much as she describes. Is this the near future of education?

Separation of School & State Alliance
“I don’t want my children fed or clothed by the state, but I would prefer that to their being educated by the state.” ­ Max Victor Belz.


Federal Programs

No Child Left Behind
President George W. Bush: “The federal role in education is not to serve the system. It is to serve the children.”

U.S. Department of Education
Check here for education headlines, initiatives, research, demographics and statistics about education in the USA.

A View From Home
This influx of new families, coupled with outside factors like a negative economy and the controls set by the 2001 “No Child Left Behind Act,” are changing the definition of homeschooling. By Cyndy Rodgers.


Law

Center for Law and Education
Legal assistance generally in an ‘of counsel’ capacity to attorneys representing students in matters pertaining to obtaining quality education and improved educational outcomes.

State Compulsory School Attendance Laws
Compulsory education is only 150 years old, and not even that old in every state. Before that, everyone homeschooled! Last updated 2001. May be outdated information for some states.

State Regulation of Private Schools
Pertinent to homeschooling as many families have no other regulation other than the private school statutes (for example, California and Texas).

NEA Watch

NEA supports the following 113 bills 
NEA supports a number of bills in the new Congress to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB).

Publications

Education Week On the Web
Updates weekly. Public school system news source. National and state level issues. Free, but you have to register. Occassional homeschooling articles.

Research

Education Intelligence Agency
EIA provides quick, accurate information to requesters concerning the public education establishment.

Public School Reform: Potential Lessons from the Truly Departed
We are their guinea pigs! J. Dan Marshall, Pennsylvania State University, and James P. Valle Donegal School District (PA)

School Assessment

National Assessment of Educational Progress
NAEP, often called “The Nation’s Report Card,” will let you know how well the public schools in your area are teaching reading and other basic skills. Adobe Acrobat plug-in required.

School Choice

Center for Education Reform
A good site for those support school choice, finding information about charter school laws for all states, vouchers, etc.

Educational Choice
The Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation examines the school choice alternative.


Nine Lies About School Choice: Answering the Critics
Choice proponents can now present empirical and anecdotal evidence showing that school choice is equitable, is wanted and it works.

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