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Teacher’s aide Valarie Person works with 6th graders from left, Dehvin Lowe, Chloe Bales, and Sean Thompson, at Brooklyn Urban Garden School, an independent charter in New York City.
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Independent Charter Schools Aim to Elevate Their Status

Supporters of independent charter schools want to get back to the charter movement's roots: creating schools that serve as education laboratories. (October 4, 2017)

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Rewarding Failure: An Education Week Investigation
With growing evidence that the nation's cyber charter schools are plagued by serious academic and management problems, Education Week conducted a months-long investigation into what is happening in this niche sector of K-12 schooling.

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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A judge upheld Mississippi's charter school law, rejecting a constitutional challenge that sought to cut off state and local money to the schools.
February 13, 2018 – AP
Puerto Rico's governor announced that he will push to create charter schools and vouchers and give all public school teachers their first raise in a decade.
February 5, 2018 – AP
School choice opens the door to a new pedagogical vision in education, but it’s not the end goal, writes charter advocate Jonathan Gregg.
January 25, 2018 – Education Week
Charter schools will allow us to reclaim the true purpose of education in a democratic society, argues Hillsdale College’s Gary Wolfram.
January 8, 2018 – Education Week
States don't do enough to inform parents about the rights they lose when they enroll children in private schools using vouchers, the GAO finds.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
An Education Week survey of teachers, principals, and district administrators nationwide show a plurality "fully oppose" charter schools and a solid majority oppose vouchers. Opponents include many who voted for President Donald Trump, a strong choice supporter.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
Charter schools are among the nation's most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds—an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
A Senate confirmation hearing for two top positions in the Education Department gave opponents of the Trump administration's K-12 policy a chance to make their rhetorical case.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
A new study finds that parents are more likely to research and compare schools online when they face an impending move or a new school-choice option.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
The 5,000-student Indiana Connections Academy changed its software systems, training protocols, and bathroom policies to better meet the needs of transgender students.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week

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