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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.

Issue Backgrounder

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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

08/15 11:27 am | Why Has Charter School Popularity Suddenly Dropped Off? | Pollsters hypothesize that the causes may include changing dynamics within the Democratic Party, as well as high-profile debates over charter school expansion.

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The state-run district that takes over low-performing schools has run into partisan trouble fueled by a study showing progress lagging at those schools compared with other turnaround models.
January 13, 2016 – Education Week
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Charter schools in Washington state are fighting to stay open after the state supreme court ruled them unconstitutional, a decision that national advocates worry may lead to ramifications for charters in other states.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
An atypical partnership is tackling one of the most persistent challenges for the charter sector—serving students with disabilities.
December 2, 2015 – Education Week
The first national study of online charter schools found that the schools generate dramatically weaker academic growth than their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
Backed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, advocates engage in all-out effort to ease restrictions on opening new charters.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week
In a state where charters have generated scandal-ridden headlines for years, critics and advocates alike are calling for tougher oversight.
October 14, 2015 – Education Week
In their indictment of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, federal prosecutors allege the former superintendent steered a $23 million, no-bid contract to her former employers.
October 14, 2015 – Education Week
A proposal from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to more than double the number of charters in the city is raising major questions about its viability.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
As large-scale choice programs mature and new ones are created, advocates are looking to the thriving charter sector for lessons in how to grow.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week

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