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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker takes a selfie with a student at Brooke Charter School in Mattapan, Mass., after announcing new legislation to lift the current cap on the number of charter schools that can be opened in the state.
—Joanne DeCaro/Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Major Political and Legal Push Underway to Lift Mass. Charter Cap

Backed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, advocates engage in all-out effort to ease restrictions on opening new charters. (October 20, 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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The Charter School Movement
In this e-book on the charter school movement’s first 25 years, Education Week details charter schools’ impact on: public education, school choice initiatives, student achievement, accountability systems, special education students, English-language learners, and equity and integration.

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Charting My Own Course Blog

07/28 05:53 pm | Farewell to the 'Charting My Own Course' Teacher Blog | After four years of highs and lows, Marilyn Rhames is ending her award-winning Education Week Teacher blog.

Charters and Choice Blog

07/22 01:37 pm | School Choice Gets a Nod at the RNC, But That's About It | Education wasn't necessarily a prominent topic at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, but when it was mentioned, the focus was on school choice.

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A small number of charters try to keep racial and income balance by giving groups of students, such as English-learners, a better chance of admission.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
Plans to streamline the application process for district and charter schools face parent resistance in some cities.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
Many states rely too heavily on standardized testing, open their doors too easily to charters and vouchers, and fall short in supporting teachers, the Network for Public Education says.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
The nation's third-largest school district is mired in money woes and fights among state and local leaders about over how to solve them.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
The growth in the number of small, personalized, and more affordable "micro schools" is seen as the first innovation in the private school sector in decades.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
Cami Anderson, former K-12 superintendent, writes that charters schools are not a "silver bullet" and suggests a mixed-market alternative.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
School turnaround plans that replicate unsuccessful state-takeover models are a disservice to students, argue Kent McGuire and three researchers.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
A "sobering" study of virtual charters leads to funding reforms, write Marc Sternberg and Marc Holley of the Walton Family Foundation.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
The organization is putting a greater emphasis on equity and racial issues, even as its bona fides as a social-justice organization are fiercely contested.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week

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