How long should we wait to see whether the program is working? That is a question that only lawmakers can answer.
As the charter school sector expands, we should try to understand how the charter school sector has catalyzed a new generation of civil society organizations to support the sector.
Charter schools now enroll 2.9 million students, up 9% from last year, according to a new report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools described in the Washington Post.
The school choice movement’s “big tent” now has factions in its various folds and corners that agree on parental choice but little else.
Many of today’s most difficult education debates are the result of our transition from a highly legible, single-provider model to a decentralized, choice-based model.
The full-time virtual charter schools that care about quality need to band together and create a membership organization and take responsibility for their industry’s results.
“Disingenuous” federal officials lose battle to shut down Louisiana Scholarship Program
A new report looks at district-charter engagement in five cities.
When Hillary Clinton recently told an audience that the purpose of charter schooling is to “learn what works and then apply (it) in the public schools,” she made two mistakes.
The methods used by the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (CREDO) to analyze charter school effectiveness offer a reasonable alternative when the gold standard is not feasible or possible.
A trio of new studies show that most online charter schools don’t work in their current context, but they don’t show that they can’t work.
More high-quality evidence on the nation’s most prominent voucher program has the potential to inform education policymaking in the capital and across the country
What is the right amount of regulation for school choice?
It’s been a long road to comprehensive charter reform in Ohio, but the legislation that overwhelmingly passed last week drew bipartisan support and praise from editorial boards across the state.
The evidence is increasingly clear that test scores are only weakly correlated with other desirable outcomes from schools.
Yet another author ignores the ample evidence available that school choice provides benefits for children.
Last Friday’s 6-3 decision by the Washington Supreme Court that declared unconstitutional a charter school law is an existential threat to the parental choice movement.
With its ruling, the court has locked Washington State into a defunct, hundred-year-old notion of public schooling.
While public schools in New Orleans educate mainly children from poor families, “several new schools are attracting families who could afford private or parochial school, the same type of families who started leaving the school system 45 years ago,” writes Danielle Dreilinger on nola.com.
Which strategy should the charter sector pursue in the short- to medium-term: selective chartering or a district-wide replacement strategy?
It’s time to review the progress of the charter movement and the challenges that lie ahead, what we’ve done right as well as where we’ve gone astray..
New Orleans is just one chapter in the much bigger story of a shift from a single government operator of schools to an array of nonprofit operators.
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.
BASIS schools, which began as a network of academically challenging charter schools and now include private schools, will open a new school in China.