The city became the latest battleground over charter school expansion when it accepted 40 applications to open new schools for the first time in seven years.

The Minnesota Star Tribune review found that similar to traditional district schools, the highest performing charters generally served wealthier families.

This week on the Charters & Choice news roundup: A problem very unique to Hawaii, lava flow, has exposed a well-known issue in the charter sector.

The 2.9 million students now enrolled in charters represents a 14 percent increase from the 2013-14 school year.

The original complaint in 2010 claimed students with disabilities were largely left behind in the massive post-Katrina school choice reform efforts that turned most of the city's public schools into charters.

The real star of the day, however, was Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Republican presidential hopeful who is spending the early part of this week in the nation's capital.

Vouchers for students with special needs and rise of home schooling among techie types, those stories and more are featured on this week's roundup.

There were only two applications for schools and the board was required by the state legislature to approve two virtual charter schools as part a four-year pilot program.

A judge says that objections must be addressed before a proposed settlement can go forward in a 2010 complaint alleging discrimination against students with disabilities.

The average charter school kindergartner's classmates are nearly five times more likely to have a vaccine exemption than those in a regular district school.


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