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The latest news about charter schools, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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

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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Charters and Choice Blog

10/12 11:45 am | Charter Schools in New York Can Now Certify Their Own Teachers | This is potentially the first time a charter school authorizer anywhere in the country has allowed the schools it oversees to certify their own teachers, and the move is ...

SPECIAL REPORTS

Charter Schools at 25
Twenty-five years ago this month, Minnesota passed the country's first charter school law. Since then, the charter sector has expanded exponentially. Explore the evolution of charter schools and debate over diversity.
Charter Discipline: The Impact on Students
Charter schools' freedom to set and enforce their own discipline rules has raised concerns among educators, policymakers, and parents, who worry that strict policies may push students out of some schools for minor infractions. This series examines those practices.

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Rahm Emanuel's criticism of Betsy DeVos ignores the similarities of their agendas, writes Chicago Teachers' Union President Karen Lewis.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
In his final Commentary as education secretary, John B. King Jr. considers the state of American schooling.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
The political alliance between charter school and voucher supporters may be fraying, writes Jeffrey R. Henig.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
School finance formulas and implementation of the new federal education law are among the issues on the agenda as 50 state legislatures get to work for their 2017 sessions.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
Even without the $20 billion voucher program President-elect Donald Trump has championed, the new administration could use a variety of programs to boost school choice.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
A year after the Every Student Succeeds Act became law, it remains a work in progress as states, districts, and a shifting cast of federal officials prepare for ESSA's classroom debut in the 2017-18 school year.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Betsy DeVos, the nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education, is at the center of an extensive policy and political ecosystem aimed at boosting charters, virtual schools, education savings accounts, and vouchers.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
November 30, 2016 – Education Week

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