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August 14, 2018

Most New Charter Schools Were Actually Approved by School Districts. That's Changing.

For the first time, school districts are no longer approving the majority of new charter schools, according to a new report, but it is not clear what is behind the decline.

June 28, 2018

How the Janus Decision Could Fuel the Growth of Charter Schools and Vouchers

In the bruising arena of school choice and electoral politics, teachers' unions have long been the primary opposition to efforts to expand charter schools and vouchers at the ballot box.

May 17, 2018

Fate of Washington's Charter School Law to Be Decided, Again, by State Supreme Court

For the second time in two years, Washington state's charter school law goes before the state's supreme court, and a ruling on the case could come at a politically precarious time for charter school advocates.

March 13, 2018

In a Big Win for Charter School Advocates, Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Charter Funding Is Constitutional

Charter advocates have been fighting back similar legal challenges in other states.

March 05, 2018

Teachers' Unions Are Making Gains in Charter School Networks. What's Behind the Trend?

But whatever trends in charter school unionization we're seeing now could be completely scrambled by the U.S. Supreme Court's forthcoming decisions in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

January 30, 2018

Growth of Charter Schools Is Slowing Down. Here's What's Behind the Trend

Soaring real estate prices, teacher shortages, and bruising political battles are likely contributing to the slow down in charter school growth in the San Francisco Bay Area, which researchers say is a microcosm of what's taking place across the country.

January 19, 2018

Want to Become an Education 'Reformer'? There Are Online Courses for That

A number of free, online courses are offered to help local advocates and lawmakers get steeped in education policy and related issues with the goal of more effectively pushing for changes to public schools, such as expanding choice or stricter accountability for teachers.

January 11, 2018

How DeVos, Trump, and Midterm Elections May Affect New School Choice Laws

Midterm elections—not necessarily U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump—are likely to have the most impact on efforts to expand school choice in the states in 2018, advocates say.

December 20, 2017

Does the Tax Bill Help Fulfill Trump's $20 Billion School Choice Promise?

Although expanding 529 savings accounts to include private K-12 tuition is a big victory for school choice advocates under Trump, not all school choice supporters are on board with the idea.

December 19, 2017

Washington's Embattled Charter School Law Heads to State Supreme Court Again

It's been quite the political odyssey for Washington's charter school law which first passed by voter referendum in 2012. Here's why this case matters beyond the state.

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