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.
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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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Spotlight on Charter School Leadership

This Spotlight examines the ways schools cultivate new leaders and the many strengths and skills those leaders must draw upon.

Spotlight on Charter School Research

This Spotlight looks at how success of charter schools is measured, and how charters can collaborate with district schools.

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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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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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March 9, 2016 – Education Week
A small number of charters try to keep racial and income balance by giving groups of students, such as English-learners, a better chance of admission.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
Plans to streamline the application process for district and charter schools face parent resistance in some cities.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
Many states rely too heavily on standardized testing, open their doors too easily to charters and vouchers, and fall short in supporting teachers, the Network for Public Education says.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
The nation's third-largest school district is mired in money woes and fights among state and local leaders about over how to solve them.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
The growth in the number of small, personalized, and more affordable "micro schools" is seen as the first innovation in the private school sector in decades.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
Cami Anderson, former K-12 superintendent, writes that charters schools are not a "silver bullet" and suggests a mixed-market alternative.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
School turnaround plans that replicate unsuccessful state-takeover models are a disservice to students, argue Kent McGuire and three researchers.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
A "sobering" study of virtual charters leads to funding reforms, write Marc Sternberg and Marc Holley of the Walton Family Foundation.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week

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