September 2014 Archives

A teachers' union in Louisiana is suing to block state funding from going to some charter schools, according to The Times Picayune


A new report from a pro-school-choice group says school vouchers have saved states over $1 billion, but it's not clear where that money has gone.


Last week, Fla. Democrats weighed in on Governor Rick Scott's education reform initiatives. Today we get a Republican state representative's take on candidate Charlie Crist's ed reform record.


The Pritzker Taubert Family Foundation is committing about $3 million in college scholarships for undocumented youth who will graduate from Chicago's Noble Network of Charter Schools.


Education has become a major part of the governor's race in Florida, and school choice polices are no exception.


A look back at the week in school choice news and beyond. From the "original charter school promise" to the early days of the home school movement to the most-banned books of the last decade, here is this week's Charters & Choice news roundup.


Former President Bill Clinton is wading into the charter school accountability debate, noting at an event earlier this week that while charters have great potential, the movement isn't totally delivering on its promises, according to The Huffington Post.


The investigation comes on the heels of a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the closure of the last five traditional public schools governed by the city's largest school district disproportionately affected African-American students.


A challenge to a Florida school choice law, backed by its statewide teachers' union, experienced a setback today when a county circuit judge dismissed the case based on lack of standing.


A year into his job running the National Association of Independent Schools, NAIS President John Chubb speaks with EW opinion blogger Peter Gow about issues facing private education.


A year into his job running the National Association of Independent Schools, John Chubb and EW opinion blogger Peter Gow discuss the rising cost of private school tuition.


Yes, charter school teachers can unionize. Here's a Q&A with one of them.


Teachers' unions in charter schools do exist, but they are rare. Dara Zeehandelaar of the Fordham Institute explains why.


State charter laws are overdue for tune-ups to address authorizer standards and transparency and access issues, says a new report out from Brown University's Annenberg Institute for School Reform.


There are such things as unionized charter schools. The Green Dot charter school network in California is one of them.


Five families from Buffalo and Rochester filed the suit saying that charter school students get as little as three-fifths what their district counterparts receive, disproportionately affecting children of color and those from lower income families. Charter schools in the state serve far more black and Hispanic students than district schools, according to the lawsuit.


Three years after Ohio enacted a limited "parent trigger" law, nearly one-fifth of Columbus schools now qualify for major leadership overhauls if parents choose to initiate them.


I scour the Internet for school choice news so you don't have to. From homeschooling in the heartland to Democratic in-fighting over charter schools in the Big Apple, here are some of the best school choice reads I've found this week.


The Republican governor, who's in a close election fight with Democrat Jason Carter, wants state lawmakers to explore how to expand charter schools, and is looking to a fellow Republican governor for inspiration.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving forward with providing four charter schools with space inside regular district buildings, including two Success Academy schools.


A tribal language-reclamation project in Massachusetts is seeking approval from state education officials to open a language-immersion charter school on Cape Cod.


At a news conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio suggests that charter schools may have to serve more English-learners and special education students if they want to share space in a district-owned school building.


As the charter sector grows, more parents and teachers have the option to choose between a charter school and a traditional district school. For an Education Week Twitter chat, we talked to parents, teachers and administrators about their motivations for choosing—or not choosing—a charter.


Why did you choose a charter school? Why not? Whether you're a parent or a teacher, we want to hear from you about the motivations behind your school choice during an Education Week and Education Week Teacher Twitter chat tonight.


Washington's first charter school opens Wednesday in Seattle despite a legal challenge to the state's new charter law.


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