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June 26, 2012

Recommendations Offered for Charter School Oversight

State officials should create clearer standards for authorizing and reviewing charter schools, in order to make sure that poor-performing ones can be shut down, argues David Osborne, the author of a new paper published by the Progressive Policy Institute.

June 18, 2012

Fraud Allegations at Calif. Charter Will Go to Prosecutors, County Says

An audit of a group of Oakland, Calif., charter schools finds evidence of "fraud or misappropriation of assets and other illegal activities," and a county school official says the findings will be referred to the local district attorney's office.

June 15, 2012

A Standoff Over a Virtual Charter in North Carolina

A judge in North Carolina has ruled that a virtual online school in North Carolina can go forward, despite the state board of education's objections. But the state, with the backing of dozens of school districts, is appealing.

June 07, 2012

In Two Years, a Flurry of State Action on Charter Schools

The past two years have produced a wave of state activity on charter schools, which include new laws eliminating caps on their growth, and tightening regulation of them.

June 07, 2012

Charters With More Independence Score Well in Study

Non-district authorized charter schools had a positive effect on the academic performance of nearby traditional public schools, according to a study of the Milwaukee school system.

May 31, 2012

Report Calls for Fairer Funding for Charters, and Stronger Oversight

A number of Southern states have approved laws to expand charter schools in recent years, but their policies for regulating their quality vary greatly.

May 24, 2012

A Closer Look at Romney's Vision for School Choice

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney navigates some tricky school choice issues in his blueprint for education.

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 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.

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