October 2014 Archives

As private Roman Catholic education has seen a marked decline nationally, schools offering Chinese immersion programs have been on the rise. Those topics and more are covered in this week's edition of the school choice news roundup.


The New Mexico state Court of Appeals has ruled that it is constitutional for the state to provide textbooks to private and religious schools. Meanwhile, the Washington Supreme Court hears legal arguments in a challenge to the state's charter law, and a Louisiana judge says a decision on a lawsuit over charter school funding will be coming soon.


Despite being on opposite sides in the California school chief's race, AFT President Randi Weingarten has worked in concert with the network of charter schools formerly led by Marshall Tuck.


Learn more about the eight states that have staunchly resisted charter-school laws in this special collection of clips produced with Storify.


A Manhattan charter school that pays its teachers annual salaries of $125,000 and offers weekly professional development posted big gains after four years, despite a rocky start, according to new research.


Attendees at this year's National Association of Charter School Authorizers' annual conference share their insights on Twitter.


KIPP, one of the largest national charter school networks, intends to open nine new schools in L.A., and more than double itscurrent enrollment to 10,000 students by 2020.


Closing down chronically low-performing charter schools is necessary, but requires a deft approach to minimize disruption to students, educators, and communities, charter school experts say.


The annual leadership conference for the groups that approve and oversee charter schools is taking place this week.


It's the innovation issue of the Charters & Choice weekly news roundup. On tap are stories ranging from innovative programs to innovative "school house" designs.


Mississippi's new statewide board charged with overseeing its charter schools has hired its first executive director.


A parent advocacy group cites recent test score gains as promising early indicators of the so-called parent-trigger law's potential in California.


Over the past decade, Wisconsin has spent around $139 million on school vouchers to private schools that were eventually kicked out of the state's program, according to a review by the Wisconsin State Journal


This week's news roundup features soul searching articles on the state of K-12 education improvement efforts and stories on the gritty details—busing and buildings among them—of school choice.


The federal government is awarding nearly $40 million to charter schools in 12 states with the aim of helping high-performing charter operators expand.


StudentsFirst, the K-12 advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee, named Jim Blew, an adviser to the Walton Family Foundation, as its new president in an Oct. 7 vote.


A number of school vouchers go unused from the District of Columbia's Opportunity Scholarships Program, with some of the most disadvantaged students using the program at lower rates than others, according to a report from the Institute of Education Sciences.


Only 16 percent of charter schools are in rural areas, and some question whether they benefit rural communities.


This week's news roundup features stories on a charter school rally in New York City, America's 50 most expensive private K-12 schools, and much more.


Some speculate the decision to put off new proposals this fall is related to next year's mayoral election.


Charter critics and advocates in Ohio debate the usefulness of a new online website comparing charter schools to traditional public school districts.


The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' new report looks at the levels of growth, quality and innovation in charter schools state by state.


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