Charter Schools

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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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Some charter school operators, facing challenges in obtaining financing to open new facilities, have turned to options such as sharing space with traditional public schools.
July 25, 2013 - Education Week
Legislatures across the country have taken a variety of approaches to helping charter schools secure building space.
July 25, 2013 - Education Week
The Old Dominion is the fourth state to create an entity to turn around its lowest-performing schools.
June 11, 2013 - Education Week
A sound-engineering class at Youth Connection's Innovations High School helped hook Devonte Perry McCullum on education.
May 31, 2013 - Education Week
Caring teachers, hands-on work, and a safe environment persuaded Kimberly Mitchell to take another go at high school.
May 31, 2013 - Education Week
Andrew Delgado got his second chance at a charter school for students who have already left school or are likely to.
May 31, 2013 - Education Week
Researchers also found a growing share of philanthropic dollars going to "challengers to the system"—mainly charter schools.
May 7, 2013 - Education Week
Muskegon Heights and Highland Park are testing private companies' skill at running troubled public school systems.
May 1, 2013 - Education Week
A group started by former Teach For America members helps novices navigate the cultural and instructional challenges they face in the city's schools.
April 19, 2013 - Education Week
Whether charter schools fairly serve children with special needs is a complicated question, write Robin Lake and Alex Medler.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week

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