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January 30, 2012

Charter School Closures Are Down, But Why?

Of charter schools that were reviewed for renewal, about 6 percent were closed, a decrease from the previous two years. Whether that means enforcement has become more lax, or charter operators have become better, is an open question.

January 20, 2012

Jindal Pushing Vouchers, Changes to Teacher Performance

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling for a major expansions of private school vouchers in his state, and proposing eliminating many teacher job protections -- a step taken by a number of other states.

January 12, 2012

Review Finds Studies of Charter Schools Flawed, Problematic

Many charter school studies have methodological flaws, and state laws often stand in the way of researchers gathering good information, a review finds.

December 21, 2011

About 15 Percent of Charter Schools Shut Down, Group Says

The greatest proportion of charter schools, about 42 percent, close for financial reasons, followed by mismanagement, and academic problems, the Center for Education Reform says.

December 20, 2011

Charter School Expansion Underway in Michigan

Republican Gov. Rick Synder has signed into law a proposal, backed by the state's GOP-led legislature, that will remove caps on charter school growth.

December 14, 2011

Stories Scrutinize Florida Charter Schools' Finances, Enrollment

A Miami Herald series investigates potential conflicts of interest and alleged insider business dealings at the state's charter schools.

October 25, 2011

Ideas for Cutting Teacher Pension Costs for States, Charters

A new report attempts to offer models for states and charter schools to lower the costs of their teacher pension programs, despite the restrictions many charters face in that area.

August 23, 2011

Walton Family Foundation to Invest in Charters in California

The Walton Family Foundation says it will provide $15 million to a California charter school association, which the philanthropy predicts will provide 20,000 charter seats.

June 23, 2011

A Different Approach to Teacher Pensions in Charter Schools

In the 40 states that currently allow charter schools, 24 of them require teachers in those charters to take part in the state pension plan. Many charters offer 401(k) or 403(b)-style plans, in contrast to the defined-benefit plans offered in many states.

April 15, 2011

Race to the Top: Competition Within a Competition

Georgia, which walked away a $400 million winner in the Race to the Top competition, has used a portion of its award to create a mini-competition among its districts and schools.

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