The Broad Foundation awards $250,000 to Uncommon Schools as the winner of the 2013 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.
Linda Moore, the executive director and founder of a charter school in the District of Columbia, was inducted into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame.
Music star Armando Christian Perez, who is helping open a new charter school in Miami, and others rally charter advocates to strengthen community support.
Because many students have applied for admission at multiple charter schools, roughly half-a-million of them make up the nearly one million names on waiting lists, said the survey.
Expansion of the state's voucher program is one of the main provisions of a budget bill that Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign.
Charter school performance nationwide has improved since 2009 but varies widely by state, according to a new Stanford University study.
Charter school students are outpacing their regular public school peers and doing about the same in math, the study found.
Pending approval from Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina will launch the state's first tax-credit scholarship program, available to students with disabilities.
The Norfolk school system, in Virginia, is seeking to create 10 conversion charters and open a new high school with the aim of increasing graduation rates and student achievement.
Students in Illinois' charter schools learn significantly more than their regular public school peers in both reading and math, says Stanford's CREDO.