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July 02, 2014

The Pros, Cons, and Caveats to Automatic Closure Laws

Default closure laws are a growing trend, and although they increase accountability among charter schools, there can be downsides.

June 27, 2014

Problems in Mich. Charter School Sector: Can They Happen in Other States?

The Detroit Free Press and education expert Jeffery Henig highlight the big differences in state charter school policies and cultures.

May 13, 2014

Pa. Auditor General Pushes for Tougher Charter School Oversight

Among other proposals, the state auditor is calling for the creation of an independent, statewide board to oversee charters.

May 05, 2014

Florida Tax-Credit Scholarships Set to Reach Bigger Demographic

Florida lawmakers have approved expanded eligibility for the state's tax-credit scholarship program, while Arizona's superintendent unveiled a plan regarding aid to certain private-school students.

January 16, 2014

Voucher Students Should Participate in State Tests, Says Fordham

Private schools accepting voucher- and tax-credit-scholarship students should be required to administer state tests to those students and disclose the results, says the Fordham Institute.

January 14, 2014

New Advocacy Group Seeks to Expose Corporate Ties to Ed. Department

A new advocacy group has filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking to expose ties between U.S. Department of Education officials and education corporations.

January 30, 2013

Charters' Path to Success or Failure Set Early, Study Finds

Charter schools' initial performance, whether good or bad, is a strong predictor of whether they succeed over time, a new, far-reaching study finds.

December 06, 2012

Effort to Tighten Charter School Regulation Gets Foundation Support

The Walton Family Foundation pledges $5.2 million to a national group's campaign to improve regulations and ensure that underperforming schools close.

December 05, 2012

Louisiana Approves Course Providers, Despite Court Defeat on Vouchers

Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved 45 providers to offer classes in a "Course Choice" program, despite a court ruling that puts the system's funding in doubt.

November 28, 2012

A New Campaign to Close Sub-Par Charter Schools

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers sets a goal of getting 1 million more children into 3,000 high-performing schools, and shutting down bad ones, over the next five years.

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