April 2013 Archives

Walton Family Foundation Gives $8 Million to StudentsFirst

The money will go to support the national growth of former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's organization.

This Week's Roundup of School Choice News

Here's a round-up of this week's news on school choice legislation and developments around the country.

Charter School Research Largely Positive, Says New Summary

A review of research on charter school performance research over the past four years found mostly positive results from an analysis of 14 regional and national studies.

Michigan Group Working Behind the Scenes on Voucher-Like Model?

A group of about twenty individuals in Michigan are secretly working to create a low-cost, voucher-like school model for K-12 students in the state, a newspaper reports.

Vouchers Improve Academic Outcomes, Lower Ed. Costs, Report Says

A study by a school choice advocacy organization found that such programs improve academic outcomes for students and reduce costs for taxpayers.

Charter Schools' Funding Lags, Study Finds

Students in charter schools receive about $4,000 less in per-pupil funding than students in regular public schools, an analysis finds.

KIPP Co-Founder Outlines Steps to Closing Achievement Gap

Michael Feinberg, a co-founder of the KIPP network of charter schools, spoke about closing the achievement gap at the ASU/GSV Education Innovation Summit.

Ga. Group Operates a Charter-Specific Teacher Certification Program

The Georgia Charter School Association is operating the only teacher certification program specifically for charter school educators.

Exploring the Link Between Charters And Private School Enrollment Decline

While the growth of charter schools and the decline of private school enrollment are correlated, more research is needed to determine the enrollment drop's causation.

Education Advocates Debate Merit of Charter Schools

Education expert Deborah Meier and former KIPP leader Elliott Witney will be discussing their different strategies of education reform on the Bridging Differences blog.

Bill to Expand Charters in Miss. Passes House, Senate

The bill will allow a state authorizing board to approve up to 15 charter schools each fiscal year, but no students are allowed to cross district lines to enroll.

Pakistan Embraces Vouchers to Boost Enrollment

More than 140,000 Pakistani students in the Punjab region are using vouchers to pay for their education, according to Sir Michael Barber's new book.

Idaho Charters Receive Facilities Funding from State

Lawmakers in Idaho have passed a bill that will provide facilities funding for charter schools in the state.

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