July 2014 Archives

With a newly awarded grant from the Newark Charter School Fund, the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools plans to work to better address the needs of students with disabilities in Newark charter schools.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools alleges that since 2008 the District of Columbia has shortchanged its charter schools by about $770 million.

In an interview, Todd Ziebarth, the senior vice president of state advocacy for the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, identifies some of the key issues facing charter schools around the country in the months ahead.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke to the National Urban League, where he touched briefly on school choice topics, including charter schools and vouchers.

Charter school authorizing, caps, and closures are among a group of policy trends highlighted in a report on charter laws by the Education Commission of the States.

The San Jose, Calif.-based charter management organization is rethinking its rapid-growth strategy, tabling plans to open schools in Texas as well as talks to open shop in Indianapolis and New Orleans.

Ohio's board of education is investigating a state charter school network of 19 schools.

The Florida Education Association says it plans to take legal action over a new law expanding the state's tax-credit scholarship program.

It's part of a greater effort to re-examine school discipline practices.

StudentsFirst, the education reform and advocacy group founded by the former District of Columbia schools chancellor, confirmed that it's ending the work of paid staff in Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Maine, and Minnesota.

David Jernigan's hiring is part of a broader plan to promote collaboration between the district and its local charter sector.

Despite recent legal challenges, Louisiana's school voucher program is growing.

Even though voucher programs and charter schools started at roughly the same time, the charter sector has grown much faster. A new report outlines the best practices the private school choice movement should take from the charter school sector.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education finds that many parents, especially those with less education or special needs children, face barriers that limit their ability to choose schools, even in cities with large school choice programs.

ICYMI: Here's a summary of the big topics and events from the National Charter Schools Conference which wrapped up Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Default closure laws are a growing trend, and although they increase accountability among charter schools, there can be downsides.

New program from the University of Pennsylvania aims to teach business people and educators how to start and run schools based on entrepreneurial principles.

The annual award, announced at the National Charter Schools Conference in Las Vegas, honors charter systems making big academic gains and narrowing achievement gaps in urban areas.

Fourteen charter schools from across the country, all of which maintain socially, culturally, and socioeconomically varied student populations, recently announced the creation of the National Coalition of Diverse Charter Schools.

Stakeholders from Philadelphia and Chicago share best practices on engaging communities where traditional, neighborhood schools are being shuttered while the charter sector expands.


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