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Jason Kling, center, a counselor and social worker at Chavez Prep Middle School in the District of Columbia, talks with prospective charter school board members about his role during a recent tour of the school.
—T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week

Charter Sector Challenged by Quality of School Boards

Efforts to professionalize charter school boards and raise the caliber of people who serve on them are catching on. (May 29, 2015)

Spotlight on Charter School Leadership

This Spotlight examines the ways schools cultivate new leaders and the many strengths and skills those leaders must draw upon.

Spotlight on Charter School Research

This Spotlight looks at how success of charter schools is measured, and how charters can collaborate with district schools.

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Charting My Own Course Blog

06/11 03:24 pm | Teaching With High Ropes and Wedgies: Lessons From a 7th Grade Camping Trip | A painful episode on a campground's high ropes course turns out be a surprising teachable moment for blogger Marilyn Anderson Rhames and her students.

Charters and Choice Blog

07/01 02:09 pm | Will Wisc. Lawmakers Let Home-School Students Play District Sports? | A measure in Wisconsin's proposed K-12 budget would allow home-school students to play sports on public school teams.

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Good laws are important, but they aren't the only key to successful charter schools, Nina Rees and Todd Ziebarth say.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
A state-appointed receiver for the York, Pa., school system plans to tap a for-profit charter network to run the district's eight schools.
January 6, 2015 - Education Week
Lawmakers and governors—new and re-elected—are likely to turn their attention to standards, testing, funding, and school choice when the curtain rises on the 2015 legislative season.
December 9, 2014 - Education Week
Ensuring that charter schools don't turn away students with special needs and English-learners is the goal of secret-caller programs in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.
December 5, 2014 - Education Week
School choice programs and efforts to overhaul education funding systems could get a boost from the wave of new and re-elected Republican governors and state lawmakers.
November 7, 2014 - Education Week
As the charter sector matures, it faces increasing pressure to close schools that fail to perform—a situation that could become more common.
November 4, 2014 - Education Week
The underwhelming performance of many charters should be a call to action, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter say.
October 28, 2014 - Education Week
October 27, 2014 - Education Week
Midterm elections and forceful advocacy efforts could reverse long-held resistance in Alabama, Kentucky, and Nebraska.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
Florida is wading into largely uncharted waters with an effort to fuel collaboration between regular public schools and charters, at a time when several big-city districts have sought similar ties.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week

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