The Gates Foundation will distribute the grants to seven cities in order to encourage collaboration and ease tensions between district and charter schools.
The Walton Family Foundation pledges $5.2 million to a national group's campaign to improve regulations and ensure that underperforming schools close.
Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved 45 providers to offer classes in a "Course Choice" program, despite a court ruling that puts the system's funding in doubt.
A state court judge sides with critics of Louisiana's sweeping new voucher program, and rules that it violates the state's constitution.
Challenges to the state's sweeping new voucher program are playing out in state and federal courts.
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers sets a goal of getting 1 million more children into 3,000 high-performing schools, and shutting down bad ones, over the next five years.
An analysis by Stanford University researchers shows charter schools outperforming traditional public schools in New Jersey, though urban charters fared better than their rural counterparts.
Backers of charter schools are asking Congress to re-establish a tax credit they say has been critical in helping some of the independent schools secure funding for facilities.
Oklahoma's Supreme Court has turned away a legal challenge to a state voucher program for students with disabilities.
An analysis of schools in New York state finds that charters serve comparable numbers of students with disabilities as most traditional public schools.