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September 14, 2017

To Create More Diverse Charter Schools, Walton Foundation Kicks In $2 Million

The foundation will be distributing the money via grants to people launching new schools aimed at recruiting and serving students from a wider mix of socioeconomic backgrounds.

September 13, 2017

Pro-Charter School Group Fined for Alleged Campaign Finance Violations

Families for Excellent Schools has paid nearly a half million dollars to settle a campaign finance complaint with the state of Massachusetts.

June 13, 2017

The Broader Philosophical Debate Behind DeVos' Warning to Charter Advocates

In Betsy DeVos' warning to charter school advocates that they risk becoming the education establishment that they rebelled against, a broader philosophical debate in the charter movement is revealed.

June 12, 2017

For-Profit Charter Schools Show Poor Academic Growth

Charter schools run by nonprofit groups outperform their for-profit counterparts, potentially adding fuel to a growing debate among advocates over the role of for-profits in the charter sector.

June 12, 2017

Success Academy Wins Broad Prize for Charter Schools

New York City's largest network of charter schools is often at the center of debate over strict discipline policies in high-performing charter schools.

June 08, 2017

DeVos, Philanthropist Heavyweights to Speak at Charter Schools Conference

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings, and the Walton Foundation's education director, Marc Sternberg, will address the annual gathering in Washington.

May 24, 2017

Los Angeles Offers Playbook for Charter School Expansion Efforts Nationally

In this Q&A, the head of the country's largest charter advocacy group discusses what the recent Los Angeles school board elections mean for charter schools locally and nationally.

May 22, 2017

Will a Pro-Charter Victory in Los Angeles Build Momentum in Other Districts?

Steve Zimmer, the recently ousted president of the Los Angeles school board, says the millions of dollars spent securing a pro-charter school majority on that district's board will embolden proponents of charter schools to do the same in other cities and states.

May 17, 2017

Charter Advocates Win Majority on Los Angeles School Board

A new majority of pro-charter members will now oversee the nation's second largest school district, long a battleground in the larger fight over the expansion of charter schools.

May 16, 2017

Charter-Union Showdown in Los Angeles: Massive Spending on School Board Race

The outcome of the election that has attracted a windfall of outside spending will determine whether the Los Angeles school board tilts for or against more charters in the nation's second largest district.

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