He looked up in the mirror. "Like I said, none of that tells me why these charters are good for my kids. You convince me that charter schools are good for my kids and for my neighborhood, too, and I won't give a flip what an HBO comedian thinks. I'll bet the same goes for a lot of other folks."
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Well-meaning authorizers and legislators have larded up charter school applications with requirements. If this red tape was to ensure academic success, that would be one thing. But it's not.
October 06, 2014
Last week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a thoughtful report about the health of charter schooling by state. I think it's valuable, and offer three suggestions for future iterations.
June 13, 2014
Continuing an admirable and heartening trend in the charter space, Houston-based YES Prep charter schools yesterday released a probing analysis of its graduates' postsecondary performance and the strategies it's using to improve the same. The report documented some terrific results, while reflecting an equally impressive humility and commitment to getting better.
July 08, 2013
The new national charter school study by Stanford's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) has attracted enormous, well-deserved attention. It provides by far the most comprehensive look to date at charter school outcomes. Representing a heroic effort to wrestle with the enormous comple...
October 25, 2012
Just spent the last couple days down in Memphis, at NACSA's annual conference (National Association of Charter School Authorizers for those happy souls who don't spend their days memorizing edu-acronyms). In addition to being there as a board member, I had the honor of doing a luncheon plenary that ...
August 16, 2012
The arrival of the BASIS charter school in DC has drawn a slew of barbs. BASIS, which currently runs eight schools in Arizona, seeks to offer an enriching, accelerated liberal arts education to its students. The results thus far are impressive, with two BASIS schools consistently ranked in the Top 1...
June 28, 2011
Andre Agassi, the former tennis champ and high school dropout, and Canyon Capital Realty Advisors, recently announced the creation of a real estate fund that will spend $500 million to capitalize on and promote the movement for U.S. charter schools. The Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund ...
June 22, 2011
U. Missouri's invaluable Mike Podgursky and Fordham's Amanda Olberg have just issued a study of the kind that we'd have been swimming in years ago, if ed reformers were serious about cost structures or charter schools as an opportunity to rethink the industrial school model. In studying the simple a...
June 02, 2010
I know and like the National School Boards Association. The NSBA's executive director, Anne Bryant, is a good friend who has my respect and admiration. I've had a good, longstanding partnership with the NSBA on various projects and have been an occasional contributor to their terrific American Sch...