National Conference for Charter School Authorizers Kicks Off in Miami

The annual leadership conference for the groups that approve and oversee charter schools is taking place this week.

Charters & Choice News Roundup: Opportunities and Opportunists

It's the innovation issue of the Charters & Choice weekly news roundup. On tap are stories ranging from innovative programs to innovative "school house" designs.

Miss. Charter School Oversight Board Hires New Director From Louisiana

Mississippi's new statewide board charged with overseeing its charter schools has hired its first executive director.

Early Test Scores Show Promise for Parent Trigger, Says Advocacy Group

A parent advocacy group cites recent test score gains as promising early indicators of the so-called parent-trigger law's potential in California.

Wisconsin Sunk $139 Million Into Private Schools Booted From Voucher Program

Over the past decade, Wisconsin has spent around $139 million on school vouchers to private schools that were eventually kicked out of the state's program, according to a review by the Wisconsin State Journal

Charters & Choice News Roundup: Bill Gates and Swedish Imports

This week's news roundup features soul searching articles on the state of K-12 education improvement efforts and stories on the gritty details—busing and buildings among them—of school choice.

Feds Give $40M to Help High-Performing Charter Schools Expand

The federal government is awarding nearly $40 million to charter schools in 12 states with the aim of helping high-performing charter operators expand.

Students First Picks Michelle Rhee's Successor

StudentsFirst, the K-12 advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee, named Jim Blew, an adviser to the Walton Family Foundation, as its new president in an Oct. 7 vote.

D.C.'s Neediest Students Use School Vouchers at Lower Rates, Report Says

A number of school vouchers go unused from the District of Columbia's Opportunity Scholarships Program, with some of the most disadvantaged students using the program at lower rates than others, according to a report from the Institute of Education Sciences.

Can Rural Communities Support Charter Schools?

Only 16 percent of charter schools are in rural areas, and some question whether they benefit rural communities.

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