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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The Charter School Movement
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, 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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How can charter schools prioritize diversity? Three Teachers College researchers share their original findings on the value of socioeconomic integration for school communities.
June 24, 2016 – Education Week
Step inside the Avalon School in St. Paul, Minn., and the Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High School in Los Angeles to see how the charter movement has changed over the last 25 years.
June 9, 2016 – Education Week
Charter schools have long been criticized for a lack of diversity, but a national analysis reveals a varied demographic profile.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
Charters have evolved from the original idea of allowing parents and teachers to create new kinds of public schools into a powerful movement driven, to a large extent, by private philanthropy.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School offers teenagers opportunities to run an urban farm and learn bicycle repair, along with more traditional academic studies.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
Public Montessori schools are springing up around the country, as new research raises questions about how the model will fit with states' and districts' test-focused accountability systems.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
A report finds that charter, virtual, and alternative schools account for a disproportionate percentage of schools with low graduation rates.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
An expansive new law in Florida allowing students to more easily cross district lines to go to school spotlights the opportunities and challenges in open enrollment.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
After more than 10 years under state authority, the city's public schools—most of them charters—will be supervised by the locally elected school board.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
Efforts to increase college persistence, especially for low-income, first-generation students, are catching on in some charter schools.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week

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