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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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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
The philanthropist unapologetically pushed for more charters and shaped hundreds of district leaders amid a wave of billionaire entrepreneurs who sought to overhaul public education.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
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 – Education Week
A lower percentage of teachers are "chronically absent" in charter schools than in other public schools, says a new report. It attributes the differences to collective bargaining.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Schools must meet these five responsibilities to truly be defined as “public,” writes education professor Sarah M. Stitzlein.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week
Black students and low-income children are more likely to attend public schools that get shut down for poor performance and most of them will not end up attending better schools, according to new research from Stanford University.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week
Support for charter schools has dropped significantly over the last year, while opposition to private-school choice programs has softened, according to a new public opinion poll from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
The education secretary will speak on Thursday in Denver to the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a polarizing conservative group that drafts model legislation for state lawmakers on issues including private school choice.
July 18, 2017 – Education Week
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 – Education Week

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