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July 25, 2017

Q&A: Black Charter School Founder Says NAACP's Charter Stance Is Out of Touch

Earl Phalen, founder of a charter network that serves mostly low-income black and Latino students in Indianapolis and Detroit, says the NAACP's wholesale criticism of charter schools is out of touch with many low-income African-American families.

July 20, 2017

NAACP Leaders Meet This Week. What Will They Say About Charter Schools?

School choice advocates will be watching to see if the NAACP will change its hardening posture toward charter schools as its leaders gather on Saturday for the annual meeting of the civil rights organization.

July 19, 2017

3 Things to Watch for in DeVos' Speech to ALEC

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is scheduled to speak to state lawmakers and industry leaders at the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual meeting on Thursday. What will be her central message?

July 07, 2017

Charter Schools That Charge Illegal Fees. How Pervasive Is the Problem?

Some KIPP charter schools in Houston have been accused of telling parents that certain school fees were mandatory when they were not. Nationwide, examples of charter schools charging illegal fees have been few and far between.

June 13, 2017

The Broader Philosophical Debate Behind DeVos' Warning to Charter Advocates

In Betsy DeVos' warning to charter school advocates that they risk becoming the education establishment that they rebelled against, a broader philosophical debate in the charter movement is revealed.

May 23, 2017

What Are States Doing About Charter Schools in Their ESSA Plans?

Very few states so far have outlined specific plans for charter schools in the early submissions of ESSA plans to the U.S. Department of Education, according to a new Education Commission of the States report.

May 11, 2017

Indiana Virtual Charter School Escapes the Ax Again, Despite Poor Academic Record

Online charter schools, which struggle nationally both with academic performance and student participation, are rarely shut down by the state regulators charged with overseeing them.

April 26, 2017

Ohio Gives Up Federal Charter Grant Funding for Poorly Rated Sponsors

The state is facing criticism for its charter oversight, including by former U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich who is on a state speaking tour about charter schools.

April 19, 2017

Are There Signs That a Proposed Charter School Will Falter? New Study Says Yes.

Researchers examined charter school applications in four states to determine risk factors for low test scores in the schools' first years of operation.

March 02, 2017

Are Charter Schools Overrated? Experts Debate the Question

Two charter supporters and two critics discussed the merits of charter schools during a live-streamed debate that will be turned into a national radio show and podcast.

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