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January 29, 2014

Report: Charter Schools Underutilized, Important Component to Rural Reform

Policymakers should avoid charter school caps, provide more flexibility, and ensure equitable access to funding to support rural charter schools, according to a new report.

January 29, 2014

Gates Foundation Grants Aim to Foster District-Charter Cooperation

Grants awarded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are designed to help charters and traditional districts work through issues that have traditionally sparked friction between the two sectors.

January 29, 2014

Some Charters Can Use Weighted Lotteries, New Federal Guidance Says

New non-regulatory guidance for the U.S. Department of Education's Charter School Program permits charters to hold weighted lotteries for disadvantaged children.

January 28, 2014

Minn. Tops List of Strong Charter Laws; Ind. and Miss. On The Rise

The composition of the ten states with the strongest charter-school law didn't change much, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

January 28, 2014

Minnesota Clings Onto Top Spot in NAPCS Charter Law Rankings; Ind., Miss. Rise

The composition of the ten states with the strongest charter-school law didn't change much, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

January 28, 2014

New Report: States' Charter Laws Should Vary Based on Charters' Performance

State lawmakers should pass laws that differentiate the way charter schools are governed based on their academic and financial performance, says a new report.

January 24, 2014

National School Choice Week Aims to Spread Awareness

This Sunday marks the kickoff of the fourth annual National School Choice Week, which promotes school choice options through a variety of colorful events.

January 23, 2014

If Not College, Then What?

Pondiscio: You don't like "college prep," but how do you feel about "work prep?" About independence prep?

January 22, 2014

Teachers' Working Conditions in Charters: How Different Are They?

A study controls for teachers' background characteristics to arrive at a better understanding of the differences between teachers' experiences in charters and traditional public schools in one Texas district.

January 21, 2014

Preparing Kids for More Than College

Meier: I personally hate the term "college prep." I want our students to be prepped for the real world, and I hope colleges do, too. On the whole, the thing that best helped us get kids into colleges were the kids themselves. They were unusually well prepared to carry on a conversation with adults in a thoughtful and lively way.

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