Fact-Checking the Sun-Sentinel on School Choice

The Sun-Sentinel’s anti-school choice editorial rests on faulty evidence.

Strong Charter Accountability in D.C.

In Washington, D.C., more kids are in high-performing charters, the number of high-performing charters is growing, and the number of struggling charters is shrinking. But why?

D.C.’s Outstanding and Improving Charter School Sector

Test scores in D.C. offer reason to believe that chartering—if done smartly—can replace the district system for delivering public education in America’s cities.

A Smarter Charter: A Response to Nelson Smith

We welcome the chance to respond to Nelson Smith’s review of our book, particularly on issues of teacher voice, diversity and achievement.

A Smarter Charter: A Response to Kahlenberg and Potter

I salute the authors for their extensive reporting on how charters are solving some of the toughest problems on their plate. But in order to justify their proposed remedies, they portray chartering as a nearly-terminal case, rather than as a robust movement.

Public School Groups Sue to Limit Public’s Educational Options

Florida’s teachers union, school administrators association, and school boards association have sued to kill an education tax credit program that benefits 60,000 low income, mostly black and Hispanic children

California: A Case Study for Charter School Success

The California Charter Schools Association just released our 4th annual Portrait of the Movement report which covers what has happened in California’s charter school movement over the past five years, why it happened, and what can be done to ensure continued growth and momentum.

What Is Going On at Success Academy?

New York’s latest round of state test results were released last week and the biggest news is the scores posted by Success Academy.

Inside Successful District-Charter Compacts

Teachers and administrators collaborate to share best practices

Teachers and administrators collaborate to share best practices

KIPP, Student Attrition, and Peer Effects: A Response to Richard Kahlenberg

Our study did address all three ways in which peer influences might make a difference in KIPP’s success, but reached its clearest conclusions about the effects of student attrition and replacement patterns.

What Explains KIPP’s Success? Peers May Be A Big Part of the Story

The new study is far less definitive than advertised because it addresses, at most, only one of the three ways in which peer influences might make a difference in KIPP’s success.

Charter School Productivity Report: Red Flags or Red Herrings?

Our finding that charter school sectors in all 28 states that we study demonstrate higher productivity and/or return on investment than their traditional public school sectors has ruffled some feathers at the National School Boards Association.

Money-Ed

Across all 28 states in the study, public charter school sectors were more cost effective and/or generated a higher return on investment (ROI) than traditional public schools

Two Charter School Debates: When Philosophical Opposition Masquerades as Policy Commentary

There’s lots of important work out there aimed at improving the way the charter sector works, but it often gets overshadowed by articles that are just thinly veiled attacks on the idea of charter schooling.

Private Schools Should Learn from Charter Schools Without Adopting their Regulatory Scheme

Do we really want government agencies to oversee and regulate private schools that participate in choice programs?

Design Matters: The Future of School Choice

Policymakers should learn from other states’ experience when designing their own scholarship tax credit laws.

Breaking Down “The Chartered Course”

The charter school sector has potentially valuable lessons for private school leaders.

Cheese, Charter Schools & Promising Developments in Special Ed

Why some of the most competent charters are choosing to become their own LEAs and take full responsibility for special education

Chester E. Finn, Jr. Honored with Award from National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

One of the intellectual godfathers of the charter movement is inducted into the Charter School Hall of Fame.

The Wise Wonks’ Hierarchy of Charter School Quality

In which states and cities are high-quality charter schools thriving, and what policies make the charter sectors in those states so strong?

YES Prep Steps Up

Houston-based YES Prep charter schools has released a probing analysis of its graduates’ postsecondary performance and the strategies it’s using to improve that performance.

The Three-Sector Approach and Decision-Defending

Why is it so hard to get education reformers to support initiatives that make high-quality private schools accessible to low-income families?

Charters Should Be Expected to Serve All Kinds of Students

Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

School Quality Matters Most, Whether District or Charter

Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

The Key Is Innovation, Not Regulation

Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

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