Free Schools, Free People

Education and Democracy after the 1960s

Author: Ron Miller

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791454190

Category: Education

Page: 220

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The first historical account of the free school movement of the 1960s.
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Safe and Drug Free Schools

Author: Patricia V. Noble

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781590334942

Category: Education

Page: 80

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Illegal drug use is a recurrent problem across the nation, but at particular risk are the nation's youth. Studies have shown that among children, drug use begins with the abuse of legal substances (ie tobacco and alcohol) before graduating to illegal drugs, with marijuana generally the first. Along with drug abuse, violence is another danger the nation's young people must face, be it drug motivated or the result of other behavioural problems. Schools are considered prime places to head off these two threats through education about abstaining from drugs and controlling violent tendencies. In 1996, the Department of Education began overseeing the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, which funds both state and national drug and violence prevention programs. Unfortunately, follow-up studies have revealed mixed results to the national program. The Education Department, though, is considering steps to strengthen and improve this critical program. This book examines and evaluates the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and its programs, placing the measure in a background context and looking at its financial and administrative structures. Given the major problems of drug abuse and violence threatening to overwhelm children, these studies make for a timely analysis of an important issue.
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HC 941 - Establishing Free Schools

Fifty-Sixth Report of Session 2013-14, Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Committee of Public Accounts,Margaret Hodge

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 0215071921

Category: Education

Page: 57

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Recent high-profile failures demonstrate that the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency's oversight arrangements for free schools are not yet working effectively. The Department and Agency have set up an approach to oversight which emphasises schools' autonomy, but standards of financial management and governance in some free schools are clearly not up to scratch. The Agency relies on high levels of compliance by schools, yet fewer than half of free schools submitted their required financial returns for 2011-12 to the Agency on time. Whistleblowers played a major role in uncovering recent scandals when problems should have been identified through the Agency's monitoring processes. There is also concern that applications for new free schools are not emerging from areas of greatest forecast need for more and better school places. The Department needs to set out how, and by when, it will encourage applications from areas with a high or severe forecast need for extra schools places, working with local authorities where appropriate. The Department should also be more open about the reasons for making decisions. Capital costs of the free school programme are escalating. The most recent round of approved free schools had a greater proportion of more expensive types, such as secondaries, special and alternative provision, located in more expensive regions such as London, the South East and South West. If this mix of approved free schools continues, there is a risk of costs exceeding available funding.
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HC 258 - Academies and Free Schools

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Education Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 0215081188

Category: Free schools

Page: 84

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The landscape of schooling in England has been transformed over the last five years. Academy sponsorship has encouraged and facilitated the contribution of individuals not previously involved in education provision and laid down a challenge to maintained schools to improve or face replacement by the insurgent academy model. The development of outstanding Multi Academy Trusts like Ark and Harris offers an alternative system to the one overseen by local authorities while the unified Ofsted inspection regime and published performance data generally allows fair judgment of comparative performance. There is a complex relationship between attainment, autonomy, collaboration and accountability. Current evidence does not allow the Committee to draw conclusions on whether academies in themselves are a positive force for change. This is partly a matter of timing but more information is needed on the performance of individual academy chains. Most academy freedoms are in fact available to all schools and Committee recommends that curriculum freedoms are also extended to maintained schools.
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Free Schools

Author: David Gillespie

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Aus.

ISBN: 1743518013

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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The bestselling author of Sweet Poison shows us how to get the better of an education system that is costing a fortune in fees, yet failing to deliver. David Gillespie has six kids. When it came time to select high schools, he thought it worth doing some investigation to assess the level of advantage his kids would enjoy if he spent the required $1.3 million to send them all to private schools. Shockingly, the answer was: none whatsoever. Intrigued, David continued his research, only to discover he was wrong on most counts - as are most parents - when it comes to working out what factors deliver a great education. He discovered that class size doesn't matter, your kids aren't any better off in co-ed than single-sex schools (and vice versa), composite classes are fine, fancy buildings are a waste of money, the old-tie network won't cut it in the new industries and NAPLAN is misread by everyone so is largely meaningless as a measure of quality. Taking on an ingrained and historical system of vested interests - the unions, the government, our own sense of worth, privilege and entitlement - this book is controversial and absolutely necessary. It is well researched, authoritative and accessible. It is a must-read for parents, as well as teachers and policy-makers.
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National Audit Office - Department for Education: Establishing Free Schools - HC 881

Department for Education

Author: Great Britain: National Audit Office

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780102987232

Category: Education

Page: 48

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This report finds that the Department for Education has made clear progress in implementing its Free Schools programme by opening 174 such schools since 2010. Many of these Free Schools - new all-ability state schools set up following proposals from different groups and, as academies, funded directly by the Department for Education - have been established quickly and at relatively low cost and the Department's assessment of proposals has improved. However, the primary factor in decision-making has been opening schools at pace, rather than maximizing value for money. The Department is now establishing a wider approach on how it could maximize its benefits in deciding on which schools to approve. At £6.6 million a school, the average unit cost of premises is now more than double the Department's original planning assumption, though the current assumption now reflects actual costs. Because the programme is demand-led, there is uncertainty about types of schools and where they will be located. Most primary Free Schools are in areas that need extra school places but there have been no applications in half of all districts with high or severe forecast need for school places. Overall, Free Schools opened with three-quarters of planned admissions in their first year, but there have been significant variations between schools. Oversight of the schools has evolved, but serious financial management and governance concerns highlighted in two recent investigations by the Education Funding Agency highlight the risks in some schools, and the need systematically to address lessons learned as the programme develops.
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Safe and Drug-Free Schools

Balancing Accountability with State and Local Flexibility

Author: Sandra L. Baxter

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9780788173370

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Page: 57

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In 1994, about 3 million thefts and violent crimes occurred on or near school campuses -- early 16,000 incidents per school day. About one in five high school students regularly carried a firearm, knife, razor, club, or other weapon. This report reviews: (1) accountability measures the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act requires at the federal, state, and local levels; (2) activities the Dept. of Education uses for overseeing state and local levels; (3) how state education agencies ensure local programs' compliance with the act; and (4) how Safe and Drug-Free Schools funding is specifically used at the state and local level.
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