EdStat: There are Over 500 Medium- and High-Poverty Census Tracts across the Country without Nearby Charter Elementary Schools

The Opportunity Zone program might help make these “charter school deserts” fewer and farther between.

EdStat: Only 46 Percent of Families Have a Charter School Within 5 Miles from Their Home

The Opportunity Zone program, part of the 2017 tax reform package, might be able to help.

EdStat: The Annual Rate of Charter School Growth has Reached an All-Time Low: a 1 Percent Increase in Charter Schools between 2017 and 2018

Our EdNext authors propose a few ways to regain momentum.

Growing Charter Schools Through Federal Opportunity Zones

A new federal tax incentive could hold the key to spurring billions of dollars in investment in low-income areas with limited access to quality public charter school options.

EdStat: The Average Increase in the African American Concentration Experienced by an African American Transfer Student was 3.8 Percent

Charters don’t seem to be solving the problem of school segregation and, in some cases, are making it a little worse.

Charter Schools, Segregation, and Anxiety About Social Cohesion

A review of Choosing Charters: Better Schools or More Segregation?

Derrell Bradford Is Right: Single-Site Charters Need Support Planning Too

While there is no set script for charter leaders to follow as they consider the next chapter for their organizations, there are proven processes, tools, and best practices they can access to chart their course.

The Broad, Long-Term Success of DC Public Charter Schools

Negative headlines about DCPS may be drowning out the story of the success of public charter schools in D.C.

EdStat: 16 Percent of Charter School Principals are Black or Hispanic

Charter school principals are more diverse than principals of district schools, but far less diverse than the students they serve.

EdStat: A Study of 639 Charter School Applications in Four States Found That Applications That Included Plans to Hire a Management Organization Were 10 Percentage Points More Likely to Be Approved

Increasingly, single-site charter schools appear to suffer a higher burden of proof to justify their existence, relative to CMOs.

Strengthening the Roots of the Charter-School Movement

How the mom-and-pops can help the sector diversify and grow

State ESSA Plans May Use Federal Funds to Start New Charter Schools

Texas districts can use Title I resources to start new schools rather than just work to turn around low-performing ones.

What We’re Watching: Charter Schools – Expanding Opportunity or Reinforcing Divides?

On Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 pm, the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosted an Askwith Debate on whether charter schools enahnce or undermine equity.

The Rebound in Charter Support — But Also a Widening Partisan Divide

Charters are making a rebound—at least among Republicans and African Americans.

EdStat: Charter Schools Received $3,509 Less on Average in Annual Funding per Student Than District Schools in 2011

Even though charter schools and district schools receive equal funding from the state, charters generally receive less funding per student.

EdStat: 93 Percent of Charters Opting Out of State Pension Plans Offer an Alternative

When charter schools opt out of state retirement plans, they usually offer their teachers an alternative.

EdStat: 76 Percent of Indiana’s Private Schools Participate in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program

Roughly 76 percent of Indiana’s private schools take part in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, including almost 100 percent of Indiana’s Catholic schools.

EdStat: States’ Teacher Pension Plans Are Now Underfunded by $500 Billion

States’ teacher pension plans have been managed so poorly that they’re now underfunded by $500 billion.

EdStat: 19 Percent of Arizona Public-School Students Were Enrolled in Charter Schools in 2014

With 19 percent of its public-school students enrolled in charter schools, Arizona was the state with the highest percentage of charter-school students in 2014.

EdStat: 19 States Permit Charter Schools to Opt Out of State Retirement Plans

In 19 states, charter schools can offer their teachers an alternative to state retirement plans.

Surveying the Charter School Landscape

From the Editor: Some highlights from the Spring 2018 issue of Education Next

3 Ways Charter Schools Can Make Sure They Recruit, Hire, and Retain the Teachers They Need

Charter sectors have a lot more control over their teacher pipelines than they realize.

Why Is Charter Growth Slowing?

Lessons from the Bay Area

In Defense Of Education’s “Wild West”

Charter schools thrive in the Four Corners states

Charters and the Common Good

The spillover effects of charter schools in New York City

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