Phi Delta Kappan

Founded in 1915, the Phi Delta Kappan is a professional policy journal for K-12 educators and is owned and published by Phi Delta Kappa International. Also referred to as the Kappan, the journal runs concurrently with the U.S. school year, with issues being released September to May and a combined December/January issue. The Kappan's editorial headquarters are located in Bloomington, Ind.The Kappan has a circulation of 33,000 subscribers and publishes articles directed to an audience of K-12 teachers, principals, superintendents, school district administrators and professors. Founded in 1906 to serve all members of the educational community, the journal's owner, Phi Delta Kappa International, maintains a large network of campus-based chapters with members in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Articles within the journal primarily address issues related to educational research, service and leadership. Examples of specialized topics within these articles include information on inclusion, class size, testing, tenure, professional certification and alternative school systems. In addition to featured articles, each year the journal publishes results of the Phi Delta Kappa International "Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitude Toward the Public Schools."In June of 2010,the APEX 2010 Awards honored Phi Delta Kappan's Editor-in-Chief, Joan Richardson, and Design Director, Carol Bucheri, for Publication Excellence. Richardson received a Grand Award for her Kappan column, "The Editor's Note," and Bucheri received an APEX Award of Excellence in the Best Redesigns category–an award category that includes highly competitive submissions from a wide range of professional journals, newspapers, newsletters, annual reports, brochures and websites. The Editor-in-Chief of the Phi Delta Kappan is Joan Richardson. David M. Ruetschlin is Managing Editor and Carol Bucheri is Design Director.

Articles from Vol. 78, No. 1, September

A Choice to Charter
Supported by its local school board and unimpeded by the kinds of rules and regulations that usually block innovation, the Minnesota New Country Charter School launched a program that has attracted national attention. Mr. Thomas and Ms. Borwege describe...
A Modest Proposal for Urban Schools
The time has come to close down some of our largest urban districts and start all over. From one end of the country to another, the struggles of governors, legislators, mayors, and educators to make sense of and give direction to our troubled urban school...
Charter Schools: California's Education Reform 'Power tool.'(Special Section on Charter Schools)
Charter schools in California have shown that they can work within and outside the traditional K-12 system, drawing on what works and discarding what doesn't, Mr. Premack reports. A remarkably diverse state now sports remarkably diverse collection of...
Charter Schools: The Revitalization of Public Education
Outwardly, the establishment considers charter schools a thorn in its side, Mr. Goenner notes - but who knows? Someday this same establishment may silently thank the charter school movement for its own rebirth. Michigan has established itself as a leading...
City Academy
Ms. Cutter, the co-founder of a St. Paul charter school for at-risk 16- to 21-year-olds, describes the charter school experience as "a powerful and life-altering one" for everyone concerned. In 1991 another teacher and I took some time to consider why...
Colorado's Charter Schools: A Spark for Change and a Catalyst for Reform
Although some people continue to perceive charter schools as a threat, Mr. Windler finds that their introduction into Colorado has benefited the state's entire public education system. More choices are available to parents, students, and teachers; levels...
Community Accountability: A Theory of Information, Accountability, and School Improvement
The risks of an uninformed public and a declining base of support for public education seem to outweigh the risks of providing information and attempting to use it for educational improvement, Mr. Henry asserts. Calls for accountability have grown more...
Getting Higher Education On-Line
Building a new university system the size of the State University of New York or the state system of higher education in California would be a major undertaking for any state these days. The political and economic discussions alone would probably drag...
Grading Principals: Administrator Evaluations Come of Age
Most school districts hold tight to a compliance mentality that rewards school staff members for following the rules. In those districts, competence is defined by a check list filled out by a central office manager after brief annual visits to classrooms....
Hot, Sexy - and Safer?
The public schools in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, have a policy requiting "positive subscription, with written permission" for students who plan to participate in "instruction in human sexuality." Moreover, Massachusetts legislation grants a fight to...
Kids, Tools, and Ray Bradbury's Basement
Fair warning! The first 90% of this column will consist of seemingly disjointed vignettes. I will make sense of the bits and pieces later. Thanks in advance for beating with me. Some years ago - when creativity was all the rage - I heard an interesting...
Money Improves Test Scores - Even State-Level SATs
Test scores offer endless opportunities for misinterpretation. When SAT scores rose in 1983, former Secretary of Education Terrel Bell ascribed the rise to the impact of A Nation at Risk, the report he had commissioned that had appeared in April 1983....
O'Farrell Community School: Center for Advanced Academic Studies
Mr. Stein describes how O'Farrell Community School - with its unique "family" structure and close collaboration with social service agencies - prepares a diverse population of middle schoolers to enter high school college-preparatory programs. After...
One School's Journey in the Age of Reform
The Massachusetts charter movement helped create the impetus for Boston to develop pilot schools (in-district charters) - and that posed a dilemma for the staff members, students, parents, board members, and co-directors of Boston's Fenway Middle College...
The 28th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools
Private schools and vouchers. Are these the magic bullets to transform - or annihilate - what some critics say is a monopolistic, bureaucratic, and ineffective public school system in America? The people do not think so. This is a central finding of...
The European Union Faces East
In addition to the problems of monetary union and the adoption of the "Euro" as the unit of common currency, the countries of the European Union (EU) currently face the twin problems of rising unemployment and worries about economic recovery. There are...
The Evolution of the Charter Concept
Mr. Budde takes readers on a journey from his initial proposals in the early 1970s for education by charter to today's "once-in-many-generations opportunity" for educators and citizens to engage in one grand crusade to revitalize their schools and create...
The News in Chains
In recent years the schools have taken it on the chin. And the blows have come from sources as various as progressive columnist Molly Ivins and conservative cartoon character Mallard Filmore. Back in November 1992, I wrote a tart editorial in response...
The Story of California's Charter School Legislation
Mr. Hart and Ms. Burr describe the history of California's S.B. 1448 and offer suggestions for ways to improve it. While charter schools are not panaceas for all that ails public education, the authors argue that they are powerful tools to spur innovation...
Travels without Charley
In his year of traveling the nation, Mr. Jennings identified four causes of the public's skeptical attitude toward public education. He discusses those causes here and the actions we must take to deal with each of them. John Steinbeck decided in midlife...
Why Many New Teachers Are Unprepared to Teach in Most New York City Schools
The disquieting and undeniable reality, Mr. Schwartz maintains, is that novice teachers are not adequately prepared by their colleges and universities for the classroom circumstances found in typical city schools. He suggests ways to deal with that problem....