May 2012 Archives

A number of Southern states have approved laws to expand charter schools in recent years, but their policies for regulating their quality vary greatly.

A new paper argues that charter schools are hurting Catholic schools by luring their students away, particularly at elementary and middle school grades.

A legislative proposal in North Carolina would give corporations tax credits if they contribute to a program that awards vouchers to low-income students for private school tuition.

Join Education Week for a webinar on parent engagement in schools on June 21st, at 2 p.m. A pair of leading researchers on the topic will offer their thoughts, then take questions from the audience.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney navigates some tricky school choice issues in his blueprint for education.

GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney touts vouchers, charters, and open enrollment in a new education plan unveiled Wednesday.

Supporters of putting a referendum to allow charter schools in Washington will need to collect 241,000 signatures of registered voters by July to have an item placed on the statewide ballot this fall.

A New York Times investigation finds that some tax-credit scholarship programs, despite being sold as serving needy students, are in fact providing awards to relatively affluent students who are already enrolled in private schools.

The BASIS Schools, which has drawn praise for setting high academic standards and achieving top test scores, will open a new campus in D.C. in fall of 2012.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation says it is launching a new effort to offer legal counsel to advice to charter school employees who don't want to join a teachers' union.

Carl W. Shye, a former treasurer at a group of charter schools, is accused of embezzling more than $472,000 by federal officials, who cooperated with Ohio state officials in an investigation.

Missouri state lawmakers have approved a measure that would allow for charter schools to expand between St. Louis and Kansas City and establish new standards for their performance.

Fethullah Gulen, a cleric from Turkey, has founded more than 130 charter schools in the United States, as 60 Minutes reports. He believes education is a way to improve the lives of children in Islamic countries, and he places an emphasis on tolerance and inter-faith tolerance.

A study conducted by UCLA researchers finds that students at a collection of schools operated by the charter operator Green Dot saw their test scores, persistence in school, and course-taking improve.

Charter school authorizers will still have the ability to shut down low-performing charter schools, despite the flexibility provided in waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education said in guidance released this week.

A Louisiana state representative has responded to the governor's support of tax rebates for vouchers with a similar proposal for public schools, but her proposal faces an uphill climb to implementation.

A piece of legislation in South Carolina would offer tax deductions to families to cover the costs of private tuition, and would grant tax credits for contributions made to nonprofits that offer private school scholarships.

A high-performing school system outside Baton Rouge says it will not accept students through the state's new, highly-publicized choice scholarship program.

A survey commissioned by a pro-voucher organization finds that a majority of mothers favor private school choice, but that many would still prefer to send their children to traditional public schools.

The White House issues on presidential proclamation on charter schools, calling them "incubators of innovation."

A survey finds that much of Catholic school principals report being overwhelmed with administrative, marketing, and development duties, as the seek to boost enrollment.

Tennessee's legislature recently approved a bill setting tight limits on the hiring of foreign workers at charter schools -- and Gov. Bill Haslam has now allowed it to become law, without his signature.

A report claims that a number of well-known charter school networks, including KIPP, Uncommon Schools and Achievement First, outspend traditional public schools serving comparable populations.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who some see as a possible Republican vice-presidential pick, vows to continue to pursue a private school voucher program, despite political opposition.

An author takes another look at research and says that urban charters spend less on administration than traditional public schools do, despite claims to the contrary.


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