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Many Online Charter Schools Fail to Graduate Even Half of Their Students on Time

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)

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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.

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At Colorado's 4,000-student GOAL Academy, just 1 in 4 students uses the learning software each day. The founder helped direct millions of dollars to his for-profit management company.
November 3, 2016 – Education Week
Just 1 in 4 students uses GOAL Academy's learning software each day. Yet the state of Colorado officially reports an 89 percent attendance rate at the school. Why the disconnect?
November 3, 2016 – Education Week
Across the country, interest is growing in such new types of non-charter management models. But multidistrict online schools have faced some of the same problems that plague cyber charters.
November 3, 2016 – Education Week
To understand how the problems with for-profit management of cyber charters have persisted over time, just look at Pennsylvania.
November 3, 2016 – Education Week
Rising concerns over the management practices and academic quality of virtual charter schools have exposed a deepening divide among some of the nation's most influential supporters of school choice.
November 3, 2016 – Education Week
Savvy lobbying, well-connected allies, and impassioned parents have helped keep online charters growing across states even in the face of often-poor results.
November 3, 2016 – Education Week
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. This investigation won the 2016 Education Writers Association National Award for Education Reporting, Investigative Reporting: Magazines and Weeklies.
November 3, 2016 – Education Week
In a heated election year, education has proven to be a muted issue at the presidential level, but a hot topic in a variety of state showdowns.
November 2, 2016 – Education Week
Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout has been a harsh critic of high-stakes testing and the common core, while Republican John Faso is a strong supporter of charter schools.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
A ballot measure that would ease restrictions on charter school expansion has drawn deep-pocketed supporters and opponents.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week

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