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May 17, 2012

Employee Embezzled From Ohio Charters, Feds Say

Carl W. Shye, a former treasurer at a group of charter schools, is accused of embezzling more than $472,000 by federal officials, who cooperated with Ohio state officials in an investigation.

May 17, 2012

A New Day for Charter Schools in Missouri?

Missouri state lawmakers have approved a measure that would allow for charter schools to expand between St. Louis and Kansas City and establish new standards for their performance.

May 15, 2012

A Turkish Cleric's Vision of Education, Through Charter Schools

Fethullah Gulen, a cleric from Turkey, has founded more than 130 charter schools in the United States, as 60 Minutes reports. He believes education is a way to improve the lives of children in Islamic countries, and he places an emphasis on tolerance and inter-faith tolerance.

May 14, 2012

Network of Green Dot Schools Raises Performance, Study Finds

A study conducted by UCLA researchers finds that students at a collection of schools operated by the charter operator Green Dot saw their test scores, persistence in school, and course-taking improve.

May 11, 2012

Authorizers Can Still Shut Down Bad Charters, Despite ESEA Waivers, Feds Say

Charter school authorizers will still have the ability to shut down low-performing charter schools, despite the flexibility provided in waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education said in guidance released this week.

May 09, 2012

Top District Opts Out of New Louisiana Choice Program

A high-performing school system outside Baton Rouge says it will not accept students through the state's new, highly-publicized choice scholarship program.

May 08, 2012

A Presidential Proclamation on Charter Schools

The White House issues on presidential proclamation on charter schools, calling them "incubators of innovation."

May 04, 2012

Tennessee Bill to Limit Foreign Workers at Charters Becomes Law

Tennessee's legislature recently approved a bill setting tight limits on the hiring of foreign workers at charter schools -- and Gov. Bill Haslam has now allowed it to become law, without his signature.

May 03, 2012

Report Cites High Charter Spending; KIPP Disputes Findings

A report claims that a number of well-known charter school networks, including KIPP, Uncommon Schools and Achievement First, outspend traditional public schools serving comparable populations.

May 02, 2012

Another Look at Charter Schools' Administrative Costs

An author takes another look at research and says that urban charters spend less on administration than traditional public schools do, despite claims to the contrary.

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