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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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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

11/30 10:49 am | Inside a District-Charter School Partnership for Students With Disabilities | The Denver district and high-performing charters in the city are working together to better serve students with significant disabilities.

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New Republican governors in Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts are looking to push K-12 initiatives and make budget choices affecting schools in states where Democrats control the legislatures.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Students would benefit from a well-defined, but limited governmental role in schools, write Paul T. Hill and Ashley Jochim.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
The $1 million award from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation brought districts scholarship money, technical assistance, and recognition, but did not fuel sufficient improvement in student achievement.
February 13, 2015 - Education Week
As public K-12 options multiply in some cities, families are paying for experts to guide them through the selection and enrollment processes.
February 3, 2015 - Education Week
The nation's largest charter network annually prepares principal candidates with intensive training and support.
January 21, 2015 - Education Week
High-choice cities such as New Orleans and Denver have tried to simplify the school-selection process for families, but challenges remain.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
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

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