With legislative sessions now underway in many states, there's not much action so far around virtual charter schools—either in pushes to expand them or efforts to regulate them more.
In her first public address as a confirmed member of President Donald Trump's administration, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos chose to speak to members of the Magnet School Association of America.
Although Betsy DeVos' confirmation as education secretary highlighted the debates over school vouchers and charter schools, it's in statehouses where most school choice education policy is made.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that charter schools in the District of Columbia are suspending and expelling students at significantly higher rates than the national average.
Billionaire school choice advocate Betsy DeVos squeaked across the finish line to win Senate confirmation as President Donald Trump's secretary of education, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools estimates there are 3.1 million students enrolled in nearly 7,000 charter schools nationally.
In written responses to a key Democratic senator, the nominee for education secretary used those figures to argue that full-time online charter schools are a valuable option for families.
In a letter to the Senate majority and minority leaders, Eli Broad urged them to reject fellow billionaire and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos' nomination.
Although the Senate education committee voted to approve Betsy DeVos' nomination as education secretary, she has faced many questions from Democrats on her support for school choice.
The principals of New Orleans five remaining traditional public schools are seeking to convert them into charter schools. New Orleans will become the nation's first all-charter school district if the application is approved.