Adding Pre-K to Renaissance Charter School

What New York City’s Pre-K For All initiative has meant for a charter school.

In the News: The Pay Leaders Deserve

In U.S. News and World Report, Rick Hess responds to the Boston Globe’s revelation that Boston’s 16 charter-school leaders earned total compensation of $150,000 to $200,000 in 2016.

In the News: When Charter Schools Open, Neighboring Schools Get Better

A new study looks at the impact of co-location, the practice of allowing a charter school to open in the same building as a district public school.

The NAACP’s Duplicitous Engagement of Black Families on Charter Schools is a Betrayal

I allowed myself to believe that the NAACP might have gotten the message from all these black moms and dads and kids enrolled—or yearning to be enrolled—in charter schools across America…not to mention the black advocates and the black charter educators out there.

Charter Authorizing, Kludgeocracy, and a Principled Middle Ground

Can responsible authorizing entail less bloat, bureaucracy, and paperwork?

‘It’s Not My Problem!’ Why Charter Schools and Districts Need to Work Together on the Politics of School Closure

Failure to find politically viable pathways to replacing low-performing schools can bring both district improvement strategies and charter growth to a halt.

Reading and Math Scores: ‘Handle with Care’

Just how much do gains on reading and math gains on state tests tell us about school quality?

An Interview with Caprice Young, Charter School Hall of Fame Inductee

The former founder and CEO of the California Charter School Association, as well as former board president of the Los Angeles Unified School Board, Caprice Young now leads the Magnolia Public Schools.

In a Changing Rural America, What Can Charter Schools Offer?

Chartering has been used to allow communities to innovate in ways that traditional district schools cannot.

Portents of Success

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

From Dream to Reality: The Entire Class at this Brooklyn Charter School Is Going to College

High schools are increasingly holding end-of-year college signing ceremonies, which borrow heavily from more traditional NCAA signing events, when student-athletes announce their Division 1 college choice.

Three Ways Charters Reform and Improve Our Schools

Chartering has not been a single experiment or the product of a single vision, theory or doctrine.

Pacesetter in Personalized Learning

Summit charter network shares its model nationwide

What We’re Watching: Contract-Based Accountability for All Public Schools?

What if all public schools were held accountable through contracts that gave them freedom in return for results?

That’s Not Fair!

Students in public charter schools receive $5,721 or 29% less in average per-pupil revenue than students in traditional public schools.

EdNext Podcast: How Charter Schools Can Avoid Financial Traps

One of the key advantages charter schools have is the flexibility to start from scratch financially. However, that advantage can quickly erode if charter schools make the same decisions as their district predecessors when it comes to spending on buildings, employees, and retirees. Marty West and Robin Lake discuss pitfalls that charter school entrepreneurs and those who support them need to avoid.

More Options in Indianapolis

Mayoral charters and innovation schools expand choice

Public School Choice as Competitive Advantage: A Look at Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools has garnered a reputation for pragmatism, collaboration, and innovation

In the News: Arizona Charters Lead 2017 Best High Schools Rankings

BASIS Scottsdale, a charter school in Arizona, is the No. 1 public high school in the U.S. according to the new US News rankings.

Is a Charter School Likely to Fail? Look at the Application

What if we could predict which schools are likely not to succeed—before they even open their doors?

Charters Must Avoid Recreating the Failed School District Financial Model

It’s troubling to see that many charter schools and CMOs are steadily accumulating fixed costs.

What Helps Disadvantaged Students: No-Excuses Charters vs. Income Integration?

When it comes to educating disadvantaged students the “no excuses” model of charter schools is possibly more effective and definitely more politically viable than “diversity” initiatives.

Finding the Right Fit for Charters and Special-Needs Students

Accusations that charters don’t want to deal with special-ed costs and challenges are getting us — and our children — nowhere.

The Evolution of the Charter School Market and the Next Generation of Charter School Research

A number of new research studies are beginning to investigate some more nuanced questions with regard to charters.

Authority, Schools, and America’s System of Government

While technocrats have been trying to centralize and homogenize and control everything about education, school choice and charters have done the exact opposite.

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