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National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García delivers her keynote address to the 2015 NEA Representative Assembly. At this years' convention, the NEA will vote on a policy statement about charter schools and unions.
—Scott Iskowitz/NEA

More Charter School Teachers See Unions as an Option

Teachers in a spate of urban charter schools are unionizing and the National Education Association is expected to take up the issue at its annual meeting. (June 30, 2017)

Spotlight on Charter School Leadership

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Charting My Own Course Blog

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08/15 11:27 am | Why Has Charter School Popularity Suddenly Dropped Off? | Pollsters hypothesize that the causes may include changing dynamics within the Democratic Party, as well as high-profile debates over charter school expansion.

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Support for charter schools has dropped significantly over the last year, while opposition to private-school choice programs has softened, according to a new public opinion poll from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
August 15, 2017 – Education Week
More than a third of U.S. states have created school voucher programs that bypass thorny constitutional and political issues by turning them over to nonprofits that rely primarily on businesses to fund them. But the programs are raising questions about transparency and accountability at a time when supporters are urging that they be expanded into a federal program.
August 11, 2017 – AP
The lawsuit filed this month requests that "funding between all public schools be equalized to assure equal education opportunities."
July 27, 2017 – AP
The education secretary will speak on Thursday in Denver to the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a polarizing conservative group that drafts model legislation for state lawmakers on issues including private school choice.
July 18, 2017 – Education Week
Teachers in a spate of urban charter schools are unionizing and the National Education Association is expected to take up the issue at its annual meeting.
June 30, 2017 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Vouchers 'Harm' Public Education
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
There's a reason school voucher programs get less effective as they're scaled up, write two researchers.
June 16, 2017 – Education Week
Legal challenges and shifting politics have halted Nevada's groundbreaking education savings accounts program. Will pushback there spill over to other states?
June 9, 2017 – Education Week
Some charter supporters who see damage from proposed cuts in other areas, while private school choice supporters worry about an ascendant federal role in pushing school choice, which they see as the states' business.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week

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