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December 10, 2018

When Quality Charter School Authorizing Jumps the Shark

Charter school authorizing can help prevent grifters and mediocrities from running charter schools. But "quality authorizing" can also become an excuse for micro-management. Here's why.

July 13, 2017

Charter Authorizing, Kludgeocracy, and a Principled Middle Ground

What tends to get lost in the ongoing debate over charter-school authorizing is the practical question: whether responsible authorizing can entail less bloat, bureaucracy, and paperwork.

June 13, 2017

Portents of Success for Charter Schools

I wouldn't have expected it, but events of the last 24 hours have got me in a surprisingly chipper mood.

September 14, 2016

Talking HBO and School Reform

He looked up in the mirror. "Like I said, none of that tells me why these charters are good for my kids. You convince me that charter schools are good for my kids and for my neighborhood, too, and I won't give a flip what an HBO comedian thinks. I'll bet the same goes for a lot of other folks."

June 04, 2015

Good Charter School Authorizing Promotes Academic Quality, Not Red Tape

Well-meaning authorizers and legislators have larded up charter school applications with requirements. If this red tape was to ensure academic success, that would be one thing. But it's not.

October 06, 2014

The Health of Charter Schooling

Last week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a thoughtful report about the health of charter schooling by state. I think it's valuable, and offer three suggestions for future iterations.

June 13, 2014

YES Prep Steps Up

Continuing an admirable and heartening trend in the charter space, Houston-based YES Prep charter schools yesterday released a probing analysis of its graduates' postsecondary performance and the strategies it's using to improve the same. The report documented some terrific results, while reflecting an equally impressive humility and commitment to getting better.

July 08, 2013

The Import of the CREDO Charter School Study

The new national charter school study by Stanford's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) has attracted enormous, well-deserved attention. It provides by far the most comprehensive look to date at charter school outcomes. Representing a heroic effort to wrestle with the enormous comple...

October 25, 2012

Four Tips for Cage-Busting Authorizers

Just spent the last couple days down in Memphis, at NACSA's annual conference (National Association of Charter School Authorizers for those happy souls who don't spend their days memorizing edu-acronyms). In addition to being there as a board member, I had the honor of doing a luncheon plenary that ...

August 16, 2012

BASIS and DC: Achievement Gap Mania Strikes Again

The arrival of the BASIS charter school in DC has drawn a slew of barbs. BASIS, which currently runs eight schools in Arizona, seeks to offer an enriching, accelerated liberal arts education to its students. The results thus far are impressive, with two BASIS schools consistently ranked in the Top 1...

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