Behind the Headline: Success Academy Gets $8.5 Million to Add Charter Schools in New York City

Success Academy announced last week that it received an $8.5 million gift so that it can open more of its charter schools in New York City.

Behind the Headline: BASIS, One of America’s Top Charter School Networks, Seeks New Turf: China

BASIS schools, which began as a network of academically challenging charter schools and now include private schools, will open a new school in China.

Pre-K and Charter Schools: Where State Policies Create Barriers to Collaboration

Why is it so difficult for America’s high-impact, “no-excuses” charter schools to participate in pre-K programs?

Behind the Headline: Facing Decline, Catholic Schools Form a Charter-Like Network

Six Catholic schools in East Harlem and the South Bronx have banded together into a network managed by a new group called the Partnership for Inner City Education, which signed an 11-year contract with the Archdiocese of New York to run the schools.

The Myth About the Special Education Gap

Charter enrollment patterns reflect parental choices and disparate classification rates

Charter enrollments driven by parental choices, not discriminatory policies

Behind the Headline: Colorado Supreme Court Squashes Douglas County School Voucher Program

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled this morning that the voucher program in Douglas County violates the state’s Constitution.

Reflections on an Extraordinary Decade of New Orleans School Reform

The story of New Orleans’ success entails two parts: a disaster that created room to reinvent a deeply troubled urban school system and an energetic commitment to seize that opportunity.

Education Savings Account Wonk-A-Thon Recap

As Nevada implements its groundbreaking education savings account (ESA) program, policy wonks were asked to say what the state must get right.

The Grey Lady’s School Choice Confusion

Arguments made in a New York Times editorial against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax credit proposal do not withstand scrutiny.

Charter Schools and Backfill: The Debate We’re Not Having

The backfilling debate is something of a proxy fight between two very different visions for charters. Are they a replacement strategy for disappointing schools and districts? Or are they closer to a poor man’s private school?

What Explains Success at Success Academy?

Charter network focuses on what is being taught, and how

Charter network focuses on what is being taught, and how

More Middle-Class Families Choose Charters

A political game changer for public school choice?

A political game changer for public school choice?

Time For a New Non-District Charter Authorizer in D.C.

Washington, D.C. could offer America’s cities an invaluable new example of an all-charter approach.

School Reform for Rural America

Innovate with charters, expand career and technical education

Innovate with charters, expand career and technical education

New Systems of Schools and Common Enrollment

If cities simply add more choice schools in the absence of changes to the enrollment process, parents can struggle to find information on schools, be forced to fill out widely varying school applications, and then receive a staggered barrage of acceptance and rejection notices.

Behind the Headline: Civil Rights Fight Looms on Charter Schools Cap

In Boston, three prominent lawyers are filing a lawsuit to overturn the state’s cap on charter schools. Efforts by charter school advocates to raise the cap have been defeated by state lawmakers.

Behind the Headline: D.C. Voucher Program at Center of Fiscal Fight (Again)

This year’s budget request from the President includes a reduction in funds for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

The New Orleans Case for All-Charter School Districts

Across the country, children in urban districts are being denied rich, rigorous educational opportunities.

D.C. Students Benefit from Mix of Charter and Traditional Schools

Charter schools are revolutionizing public schooling in Washington, D.C. In just 18 years, charter schools have grown from an initial 5 to 112 schools today, managed by 61 nonprofit organizations.

Ed Trust Midwest Report on Michigan’s Charter Authorizers: A Decent Start, But Hardly the Final Word

Charter school quality, authorizer quality, and authorizer accountability are all great topics of conversation for policymakers in Michigan.

Ohio’s Chain of Charter Accountability

In Ohio’s charter school sector, too many poorly-performing schools are allowed to remain open.

Backfilling Charter Seats: A Backhanded Way to Kill School Autonomy

I respect schools that welcome students at any grade when space opens up, but whether to do this should remain the prerogative of the school, not the state or its regulators.

Improving Educational Options for Georgia Children

Raising the cap on Georgia’s scholarship tax credit program is an ideal way to bring freedom and excellence to K-12 education.

How Charters Are Innovating on Pensions

Charter schools recognize that current teachers are increasingly mobile, so they offer teachers portable benefits.

Standing Under the Arch: Authorizer Accountability in Ohio

When charter school authorizers are not held accountable, too many schools open that lack the elements necessary for success, and too many low-performing schools remain open long after they should be shut down.

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