Changing Support for Charter Schools Among Republicans

Why has support for the schools declined and what could turn that around?

Success Story

A review of “The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir”

The Charter Movement’s ‘Tipping Point’ Strategy Isn’t Working. What Now?

Figuring out how to help districts thrive in a high-choice environment is one of the toughest challenges out there.

District Schools Aren’t Charter Schools – and That’s Ok

Let’s stop asking urban districts to try to be something they aren’t.

How to Earn Public Support for Charter Schools

The first step to gaining back and building support for charter schools is to hold them accountable for providing a quality education.

In the News: Do ‘No-Excuses’ Charter Schools Lead to Success after High School? At One High-Profile Network, the Answer Seems To Be Yes

Many no excuses charter schools have high test scores, but critics are often skeptical that those scores will translate into outcomes that really matter.

Texas’s Commitment to Quality Pays Off for Charter Students

The Texas blend – legislative commitment to higher quality, better oversight, and supportive partners that help charter schools diagnose and solve problems – is a promising one.

To Compete with Charter Schools, Take a Closer Look at the What the Competition is Doing

In this post, I’ll discuss the third step, rethink the conventional wisdom of the traditional and reform sectors in budgeting, programming, and parent engagement.

Don’t Complain About Charter Schools, Compete With Them

For district leaders, tuning out the education reform debate is the first big step in adapting to—and surviving—charter growth.

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.

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