Charter Schools

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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.
—Alex Flynn for Education Week

What Are Charter Schools?

Are charter schools public or private? Do they pick and choose who can enroll? Who oversees them? And are they better at educating students than regular public schools? We answer these questions and more about charter schools in this explainer. (August 9, 2018)

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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.

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Charters and Choice Blog

03/27 12:46 pm | Feds Spent Hundreds of Millions on Charters That Shut Down or Never Opened, Report Says | The Network for Public Education, which strongly opposes charter schools, also highlights years of problems in the U.S. Department of Education's charter school grant ...

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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, 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.

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If you're a student attending a virtual charter high school, the chances are pretty high that the majority of your classmates are not going to earn a diploma on time, an Education Week Research Center analysis finds.
April 18, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Improving Research on Charters
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is throwing her weight behind new legislation to establish a new federal tax credit to expand choice, a senior department official said.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
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.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
Beyond the basics of being independently operated public schools, charters can range widely from management to oversight to the money that keeps them running.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
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.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
Ted Kolderie, who helped launch the charter school movement through his work in Minnesota, discusses school choice, school accountability, the evolving role of teachers, and more.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
As new lawmakers and governors get down to business, they’re likely to confront oversight, accountability, and other policy challenges involving the charter sector.
January 23, 2019 – Education Week
With the first charter school strike in the books—and teachers coming out victorious—experts say both unions and charter schools may need to rethink how they’ve long operated.
December 14, 2018 – Education Week
State Assembly member Tony Thurmond ultimately prevailed over former charter school executive Marshall Tuck in a contest that drew more than $50 million in outside campaign spending.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week

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