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July 11, 2012

Court Rules Charter Operator in Calif. Needs Local Approval

A superior court judge in Calif. ruled that Aspire Public Schools, a charter agency that runs more than 30 schools in the state, must seek approval from local boards of education for six of those schools by June 2013 if operation is to continue.

July 10, 2012

Pa. Approves Four New Cyber Charter Schools for Next School Year

Approvals bring total of virtual charter schools in the state to 16, after another closed last week.

July 05, 2012

Bill Gates, Paul Allen Back Wash. State Ballot Plan

Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, along with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, are among those contributing financially to a ballot effort to allow charters schools in Washington state.

July 02, 2012

Judge Blocks North Carolina Virtual School

A proposal to open a statewide virtual charter school in North Carolina has been rejected by a Wake County judge, who said the plan did not get the necesssary approval from the state board of education.

June 29, 2012

Mo. Governor Signs Charter-Expansion Law, but Says They Must Do Better

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, signs into a law a measure that will allow for charter school expansion in his state, but also create tighter regulation of the sector.

June 27, 2012

Charter School 'Incubators' Project Rolls Forward

The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based charter school advocacy group, is giving two awards in a competition designed to help new, promising charter school models get off the ground.

June 27, 2012

Texas Charter Schools Next in Line With Funding Lawsuit

A Texas charter schools association and parents are challenging the state's funding system as unfair in court, a move that follows a series of lawsuits brought by traditional school systems making similiar arguments.

June 26, 2012

Recommendations Offered for Charter School Oversight

State officials should create clearer standards for authorizing and reviewing charter schools, in order to make sure that poor-performing ones can be shut down, argues David Osborne, the author of a new paper published by the Progressive Policy Institute.

June 25, 2012

Tackling Teacher Turnover at Charter Schools

A report by a working group of charter schools teachers offers strategies for reducing teacher turnover in charter schools.

June 21, 2012

YES Prep Wins New Broad Foundation Prize for Charters

The Broad Foundation, which awards a prize for urban education, announces a first-ever award for charter school management organizations, and the winner is the YES Prep network, out of Houston.

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