March 2015 Archives

Parent-trigger advocates in California are expanding their strategies to broaden this young movement's influence, while others wonder if the idea has run its course.

A well-known charter school network pulls out of Memphis at the last minute, while measures creating voucher programs grow more popular with state legislatures. Those stories and more on this week's Charters & Choice News Roundup.

The proposal would allow any of the state's students covered under the IDEA to use state and local funds for private education, including college courses.

Leaders in New Orleans' charter school system face constant pressure to increase enrollment, though few are employing strategies that substantially improve their schools, a new study finds.

It's been a good week for charter advocates: a respected research group released positive findings regarding urban charter school performance, and Alabama passed a charter school law.

After years of failed efforts to pass legislation, Alabama joins 42 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing charter schools to operate.

A wide-reaching bill from a Florida senator who previously backed a parent-trigger law would affect open-enrollment and charter school policies.

If the governor signs the bill, only seven states without charter laws will remain.

The report also shows that most urban charter and district schools are serving equal numbers of English language learners as well as students in poverty and special education.

Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice's policy expert Leslie Hiner weighs in on what's cooking in state legislatures.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' policy expert Todd Ziebarth weighs in on what's brewing in state legislatures.

This week in the Charters & Choice news roundup: While former NBA star Allan Houston pushes for vouchers in Tennessee, Arizona and Florida pilot a radical new kind of choice program.

The lawyers contend the state's cap on the number of charter schools is unconstitutional because it strips some students of their right to a quality education.

A union-run charter school in New York City is slated for closure, while union and charter school supporters descend on Albany in dueling attempts to influence lawmakers.

An expert panel appointed by Connecticut's governor recommends in a draft that home-schooled students with disabilities receive individualized education programs and be monitored by their local school system.

The voucher program, which provides low-income students with up to $12,000 for use at private schools, is no stranger to testy funding battles.

The poll results were unveiled in tandem with a new charter school accountability initiative being spearheaded by the Center for Popular Democracy and In the Public Interest.

The Alabama Accountability Act allows people and businesses to claim tax credits for donations to scholarships for students to use toward private school tuition.

In the wake of poor academic performance, the United Federation of Teachers will shutter the elementary and middle divisions of its charter school.


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