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September 22, 2014

Charters and the Profit Motive

Private interests, concerned foremost with the bottom line, can be problematic in education; but the vast majority of charters are operated on a non-profit basis.

September 19, 2014

Meet a Member of a Rare Breed: a Teacher at a Unionized Charter School

The California Teachers Association is focusing more energy on charter organizing, but the national union presence in the charter sector remains spotty. Today, I bring you a Q&A with an educator who recently helped organize the teachers at her California charter school.

September 19, 2014

Furloughs and Failing Schools: Audio from the Governor's Race in Georgia

Keen on hearing more about education in the Georgia governor's race? Listen to the two candidates stake out their turf on K-12 issues.

September 18, 2014

Why More Charter Schools Aren't Unionized

Today, I bring you a Q&A with Dara Zeehandelaar, research manager at the Fordham Institute in Washington. We discussed the conflicting ideologies behind union contracts and charter school autonomy, and how unions are adapting.

September 17, 2014

Charter School Laws Due for a Tune-Up, Report Says

State charter laws are overdue for tune-ups to address authorizer standards and transparency and access issues, says a new report out from Brown University's Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

September 17, 2014

Insights From a Unionized Charter School Network

The Green Dot charter school network has been unionized since its inception and has watched organizing efforts lose ground in the charter sector nationally.

September 16, 2014

K-12 Spending and Charters Spark Testy Clashes in Georgia Governor's Race

When education comes up in the Georgia governor's race between incumbent Republican Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter, one theme is clear: money talks.

September 12, 2014

Charter School Model in Louisiana Catches Eye of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal

The Republican governor, who's in a close election fight with Democrat Jason Carter, wants state lawmakers to explore how to expand charter schools, and is looking to a fellow Republican governor for inspiration.

September 11, 2014

Four New York City Charters to Get District Space

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving forward with providing four charter schools with space inside regular district buildings, including two Success Academy schools.

September 05, 2014

New York Mayor Hints at New Charter School Standards for Co-Locations

At a news conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio suggests that charter schools may have to serve more English-learners and special education students if they want to share space in a district-owned school building.

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