November 2014 Archives

This week on the Charters & Choice news roundup, a 22-year-old gets permission to open a charter school, while The Wall Street Journal examines racism in private schools through documentaries.

A Detroit nonprofit group is calling for the creation of a single application process for the city's increasingly complex system of charter and regular public schools.

This school year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the country's first voucher initiatives: the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

Advocates of the state's parent-trigger law are rallying support behind a group of Anaheim, Calif., parents seeking to convert its underperforming school into a charter.

The school choice pioneer often credited with creating one of the nation's first school voucher programs, Annette Polly Williams, died Nov. 9.

Fifteen of the 36 schools that are eligible this year to return to the Orleans Parish School Board, which ran the city's schools before Hurricane Katrina, have voted against doing so. More boards will make the decision by the end of the year.

Several California charter schools make parent volunteering a requirement for student enrollment, a practice that is against state law, according to a new report from Public Advocates.

A North Carolina charter school for students with disabilities is struggling with the costs of educating those students and may soon close.

An Arizona appeals court has ruled that the state's charter schools aren't owed the same amount of money that district schools receive.

Over a half-million California students are now enrolled in charter schools, according to an estimate released today by the California Charter Schools Association.

Charter school advocates in New York City are holding a class outside Tuesday to protest the lack of facilities funding charters receive from the state.

A Q&A on Education Week's special report on the common core math standards.

Los Angeles Unified School District parents will be able to use California's parent-trigger law to improve their children's failing schools, new interim superintendent says.

Initiatives to retain teachers, best practices for closing schools, weeds overrunning Detroit playgrounds, and weed padding the coffers of Illinois charter schools ... all those stories and more are on tap for this week's school choice news roundup.

One of the largest charter school networks, KIPP, is trying to reel in its high teacher turnover rates with more family-friendly policies, according to The Hechinger Report

A bill that would allow home-schooled students to play on public school sports teams is likely to re-emerge in the Missouri legislature. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania lawmakers pass a bill ending district-level oversight of home schoolers.

The state's tax-credit scholarship programs were created as part of law that has been challenged as unconstitutional.

A school voucher program goes before the Colorado Supreme Court next month, three years after a judge first suspended the district-based pilot program.

School choice supporters won big in the 2014 midterm elections this week, and new federal numbers show the charter sector continues to grow.

A rural district in southern California is the subject of several lawsuits after it authorized charter schools that have opened in neighboring districts, according to LA School Report.

Charter school quality varies widely in Arizona, and on average is no better than regular public schools according to a new study. But comparing averages hides some important nuances.

Charter schools using personalized learning boosted students' math and reading achievement more than schools using traditional educational techniques with students, a new study found.

Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader plan to consider legislation on charter schools or school vouchers in the 114th Congress.

The 2014 midterm elections were a big win for Republicans, but how did they shake out for school choice? Two advocates read the results.

The number of Indiana schoolchildren using vouchers has jumped this year. Meanwhile, Louisiana education department numbers released Monday show that fewer than half of voucher students who took state assessment tests passed.


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