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September 29, 2014

Undocumented Chicago Charter Students Target of New College Scholarship

The Pritzker Taubert Family Foundation is committing about $3 million in college scholarships for undocumented youth who will graduate from Chicago's Noble Network of Charter Schools.

September 26, 2014

Charters & Choice News Roundup: Bill Clinton, Home School, and Banned Books

A look back at the week in school choice news and beyond. From the "original charter school promise" to the early days of the home school movement to the most-banned books of the last decade, here is this week's Charters & Choice news roundup.

September 25, 2014

Bill Clinton Weighs In on Charter School Accountability

Former President Bill Clinton is wading into the charter school accountability debate, noting at an event earlier this week that while charters have great potential, the movement isn't totally delivering on its promises, according to The Huffington Post.

September 25, 2014

New Orleans All-Charter District Faces Civil Rights Probe

The investigation comes on the heels of a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the closure of the last five traditional public schools governed by the city's largest school district disproportionately affected African-American students.

September 25, 2014

What's a 'Corporate' Charter?

I use "corporate" as a term to describe the large chains and franchises that are dominating and leading the charter movement.

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.

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