Charter Schools

The latest news about charter schools, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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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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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Where children live still largely determines their education options. But a dramatic shift is already under way, write Mark A. Elgart and Belle S. Wheelan.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Following a trip to Europe, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reflects on how we should restructure education at home.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
A bill shielding what is now Ohio's largest online school and its sponsor from the negative consequences of accepting thousands of former Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow students is headed to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.
June 28, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
As parents turn to the education marketplace to get ahead, some students get left behind, writes one education professor.
May 9, 2018 – Education Week
When traditional public schools partner with high-quality charter leaders, schools improve for all students, write two Walton Family Foundation directors.
April 10, 2018 – Education Week
Education savings accounts would give the families of U.S. armed services much-needed school choice, writes Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey M. Burke.
March 20, 2018 – Education Week
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

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