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Parents and guardians listen as Adel Sefrioui, founder and executive director of Excel Public Charter School in Kent., Wash., speaks at a community forum Sept. 8.
—Ellen M. Banner/Seattle Times/AP

Shock Waves Reverberate From Wash. State Charter Ruling

Charter supporters scramble to find ways of keeping the schools alive after Washington’s charter law is struck down, while charter critics hope to build momentum. (September 11, 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

10/02 02:41 pm | Charter and School Choice Leaders React to Arne Duncan Resignation | Under Arne Duncan, the Department of Education has helped support and expand charter schools through grant programs including the Investing in Innovation Fund and the Charter ...

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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
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

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