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School Choice & Charters Full-Time Virtual Schools: Still Growing, Still Struggling, Still Resisting Oversight
Nearly 500,000 students now attend full-time online and blended schools, says a new report from the National Education Policy Center.
Benjamin Herold, May 6, 2021
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Junior Rochelle Borden, 17, (right) walks with her boyfriend, Archie Grant, 17, (left) to her art class at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago. The pair have been dating for two years.
Junior Rochelle Borden, 17, (right) walks with her boyfriend, Archie Grant, 17, (left) to her art class at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago. The pair have been dating for two years.
Taylor Glascock for Education Week
School Choice & Charters Photos One Student’s Day at an Elite Public High School
Chicago's selective enrollment high schools come closer to reflecting the diversity of the community.
Education Week Photo Staff, May 7, 2019
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Teacher Samantha Griffith works with Kevin Vazquez at Christel House, a dropout-recovery charter school in Indianapolis.
Teacher Samantha Griffith works with Kevin Vazquez at Christel House, a dropout-recovery charter school in Indianapolis.
AJ Mast for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness In Many Charter High Schools, Graduation Odds Are Slim
Nearly a quarter of all charter high schools are graduating less than half of their students, according to an Education Week analysis of federal data.
Arianna Prothero & Alex Harwin, February 26, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Calculating Grad Rates for Charter Schools: It's Complicated
Federal data paint a grim picture of the charter school sector's ability to graduate its students. But comparing charter high schools' graduating power with that of all other public high schools is tricky.
Arianna Prothero & Alex Harwin, February 26, 2019
3 min read
Curriculum Leader To Learn From Elevating the Arts to Improve Student Achievement
"I believe this is the exit [from poverty] through the arts,"says fine arts instructional specialist Christie-Jo Adams of her efforts to use arts integration to help turn around three struggling schools.
Alyson Klein, February 20, 2019
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Federal National School Choice Week: Annual Public Relations Campaign Kicks Off
The week-long campaign highlighting school choice will feature events in dozens of cities nationwide with organizers projecting that 6.7 million people will participate.
Arianna Prothero, January 22, 2018
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos cheers with Eastern Hancock students during a high school football game between Eastern Hancock and Knightstown in Charlottesville, Ind.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos cheers with Eastern Hancock students during a high school football game between Eastern Hancock and Knightstown in Charlottesville, Ind.
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Federal Scenes From DeVos' 'Rethink School' Tour
The education secretary sought to shine a spotlight on promising educational approaches in a trip that took her to six states.
Alyson Klein, October 4, 2017
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School Choice & Charters Project Rewarding Failure: An Education Week Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry
With growing evidence that U.S. cyber charter schools are plagued by serious academic & management problems, we conducted a investigation.
November 3, 2016
School Choice & Charters Video Feeling at Home in School
Around the nation, only a fraction of students at elite public residential schools come from low-income or minority backgrounds. Dinora Flores is one of them. Now a senior, Flores discusses what it’s been like for her to adjust—and eventually thrive—at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham.
October 24, 2016
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Every Student Succeeds Act Nontraditional Sector Seen Having High Share of Low-Grad.-Rate Schools
A report finds that charter, virtual, and alternative schools account for a disproportionate percentage of schools with low graduation rates.
Catherine Gewertz, May 17, 2016
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First grader Ramsey Itani listens to a teacher at the Educational Neuropsychology Laboratory in Pullman, Wash., while hooked up to a functional near-infrared spectroscope.
First grader Ramsey Itani listens to a teacher at the Educational Neuropsychology Laboratory in Pullman, Wash., while hooked up to a functional near-infrared spectroscope.
Jerome Pollos for Education Week
School Choice & Charters Neuroscientists Study Real-Time Learning in Classroom Lab
A classroom-based laboratory at Washington State University allows researchers to study what goes on in the brain and the body when students are learning alongside their peers.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 8, 2016
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School Choice & Charters How to Choose a School: Advice From Two School Choice Consultants
Charter, magnet, district, or private school? As school choice expands, more parents are facing those questions. Here are some practical tips on how to pick a school from two experts.
Arianna Prothero, February 29, 2016
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School Choice & Charters Explainer What Is a Micro School? And Where Can You Find One?
Some experts predict micro schools have the potential to shake up the private school sector. But what, exactly, is a micro school?
Arianna Prothero, January 28, 2016
3 min read
Special Education Justice Pursues ADA Action Against Network of Ga. Programs
A scathing U.S. Department of Justice letter alleges discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act by a statewide network of alternative schools.
Christina A. Samuels, August 25, 2015
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