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July 22, 2019

No Apologies for 'No Excuses' Charter Schools

High-performing urban schools lent moral authority and measurable results to the charter school sector. Why do advocates give them the cold shoulder? Fordham's Robert Pondiscio answers.

July 18, 2019

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Pondiscio, Buery, Harding, Sutter, Baron, Junge, and Krvaric

I'm about to take my regular summer sabbatical. While I'm away, we've got a stellar lineup of guests who've kindly agreed to step in.

May 10, 2019

Why Charters Have Not Faded

A couple of decades in, although challenges persist, charters show no signs of disappearing. Why hasn't the idea of chartering schools been a passing fad?

May 08, 2019

Why Aren't All Charter Schools Great?

Critics often ask: If chartering is such a great idea, why aren't all charter schools great? Guest blogger Sarah Tantillo offers eight challenges charter school founders face that are worth considering.

May 06, 2019

How Did Charter Schools Spread?

Almost 30 years after the first charter school legislation passed, guest blogger Sarah Tantillo takes a look at how this movement emerged and spread.

March 08, 2019

The Other Micheal Brown and the Power of Success Stories

Both Michael and Micheal Brown were born black boys. But the lopsided awareness of Michael's tragic story deprives our children of Micheal's inspiring living example, guest blogger Ian Rowe explains.

March 06, 2019

Start Early: Close the Achievement Gap Before It Starts

The non-marital birth rate to women age 24 and under was 71 percent in 2017. Here's what that means for educational outcomes and schools, according to guest blogger Ian Rowe.

March 04, 2019

Why Education Reformers Must Have the Courage to Talk About Family

Among educators, it is status quo to discuss academic gaps by the usual suspects of race, class, or gender. That comfort level vanishes when it comes to family structure, according to guest blogger Ian Rowe.

March 01, 2019

Responding to Teacher Shortages in Rural Schools: Lessons from Australia

While approximately 10 percent of Australians live outside urban areas, the few students who attend rural schools have some of the fewest advantages. Here's how Australia has tackled that problem, from guest bloggers Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, and Matthew A.M. Thomas.

February 27, 2019

How Do School Choice and Funding Work in Australia?

In Australia, 34 percent of all students attend publicly subsidized, fee-charging private schools. Here's how the system works, write guest bloggers Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, Meghan Stacey, and Matthew A.M. Thomas.

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