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August 29, 2012

School Choice, and Cultural Identity, in GOP Platform

The Republican platform argues in favor of vouchers, charters, and other versions of school choice, and against "centralizing forces seeking to remake America."

August 28, 2012

Texas Students Enter Charters With Leg Up?

A study argues that students who attend Texas charter schools tend to arrive with stronger academic skills than students entering comparable, regular public schools.

August 28, 2012

Study Examines Charters' Drain on Private Schools

Charter schools draw most of their students from traditional public schools, but they also pull substantial numbers from the private sector, especially in urban communities, a study finds.

August 24, 2012

Utah Charters' Performance Mixed, but Improves With Maturity

Utah charter schools perform slightly worse than traditional public schools at the elementary level, but the independent schools make gains the longer they are in operation, a new study says.

August 20, 2012

California 'Parent-Trigger' Effort Thrown Back Into Turmoil

A California school board has agreed to overhaul a low-performing elementary school, but it rejects the idea of converting it to a charter school, despite the wishes of a group of parents attempting to make use of the state's "parent trigger" law.

August 17, 2012

State-Local Standoff Over Charters in Tennessee

Tennessee's state board of education has directed Nashville school officials to approve a new charter school, but local officials are vowing to fight that effort, saying they have concerns about the school's application.

August 14, 2012

Georgia Schools Chief Opposes Charter Ballot Measure

Georgia's elected state schools chief, Republican John Barge, has come out in opposition to a November ballot measure that would create a new, statewide authority to authorize charter schools.

August 09, 2012

Louisiana Schools Will Change Policy on Pregnant Students

The Delhi Charter School will change a policy that barred pregnant students -- and potentially, even those suspected of being pregnant -- from taking classes on campus.

August 08, 2012

ACLU Criticizes La. School Pregnancy Policy

A Louisiana school's policy requiring students suspected of being pregnant to take a test to determine if they are has come under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union.

August 07, 2012

Charter School to Share Analytical Tools Nationwide

Aspire Public Schools, a California charter school operator, says it will make Schoolzilla, its tool for analyzing student performance, available for free to schools around the country.

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