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August 20, 2014

Poll Finds Public Favors Charter Schools Despite Confusion Over How They Work

Over 60 percent of respondents said they favored charter schools even though many of them did not know basic facts about how charters work.

August 20, 2014

Poll: Many Americans Don't Understand Charter Schools But Favor Them Anyway

Over 60 percent of respondents said they favored charter schools even though many of them did not know basic facts about how charters work.

August 19, 2014

Rural Charter School Challenges Highlighted in Michigan

The closing of a rural charter school in Michigan demonstrates some of the challenges that rural charter schools face.

August 19, 2014

What Happens When Teachers Run Schools?

Teacher-led schools are often defined by what they don't have: a conventional administrator. At the Mission Hill School in Boston, the subject of a PBS Newshour report on Monday, the school as a whole makes decisions and the principal doesn't even have a proper office. Though still rare, these schools carry valuable lessons about how to expand responsibility and authority for teachers. Yet, the real payoff occurs in how students step up and take responsibility for their own learning.

August 18, 2014

Challenge To Washington Charter School Law Heading to the State Supreme Court

The state's highest court will consider whether the law approved by voters in 2012 is constitutional in a challenge by the state teachers' union, school administrators, and others.

August 18, 2014

Connecticut Education Commissioner Pryor Announces Departure

The co-founder of a charter school in Connecticut before he became state chief, Stefan Pryor attracted opposition from teachers' unions during his nearly three-year tenure.

August 12, 2014

Steve Barr Tries to Bridge Union-Reformer Divide in Reboot of California's 'Democrats for Education Reform'

Steve Barr has organizing in his DNA, and he, along with retired union leader Joe Boyd, have announced an effort to recreate the California chapter of Democrats for Education Reform as a union-friendly environment. They want to go beyond wedge issues and toward big picture ideas that have broad support. But just getting used to saying pro-union and DFER in the same sentence is a stretch.

August 11, 2014

11 Michigan Charter School Authorizers Face Suspension

11 of Michigan's 40 charter school authorizers face possible suspension for poor oversight.

August 08, 2014

Deion Sanders' Charter School in Danger of Losing Its Charter

The Texas charter school co-founded by former NFL great Deion Sanders is in danger of having its charter revoked for "improper financial management and failure to comply with the state education code."

August 06, 2014

Achievement Improves in New Orleans Schools, Challenges Remain, Says Report

A decade after Katrina, a new report points to significant academic growth and more collaboration among the different New Orleans public school systems. But it also raises concerns about sustaining student-performance gains and possible fallout from political disagreements at the local and state levels.

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