Charters & Choice News Roundup: Protests and the Priciest Private Schools

By Arianna Prothero — October 03, 2014 1 min read
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From large protests to large price tags, this week’s news roundup features stories on a charter school rally in New York City, America’s 50 most expensive private K-12 schools, and much more.

A protest led by charter school supporters in New York City drew thousands...

Some of the smallest protesters, squirming in T-shirts that stretched to their ankles, were less than four feet tall." The New York Times reports rally-goers hope to influence Mayor Bill de Blasio's policies toward charter schools—primarily his opposition to providing facilities to some charters.

The federal Department of Education named its blue ribbon schools for this year. Out of 337 schools honored, 21 were charters and 50 were private schools.

U.S. K-12 private schools see a surge in Chinese students...

It's really impossible for boarding schools to accommodate the interest [from China] ... I know of boarding schools where the application-to-acceptance ratio for Chinese students is more competitive than Harvard," a headmaster tells Business Week, which reports there's been a 5,927 percent growth in the number of Chinese secondary students since 2005.

See what nearly $70,000 a year can get you ... in a ranking of the 50 most expensive private K-12 schools in America.

Rising juniors and seniors at this all-girls school have the opportunity to spend three weeks in India, China, or Vermont, working on projects that involve sustainable farming, examining poverty, or improving education." The Business Insider reports you can get all that from the Brearley School in New York City (ranked number 41), for a mere $41,900 a year.

And now for the kicker...

Whether you teach at home or in a charter, private or traditional district school, I’m sure all educators can relate to this:

Don’t hesitate to tweet recommendations to me @ChartersNChoice for next week’s roundup.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Charters & Choice blog.