The Charter Blog

Building Better Narratives in Black Education

On September 15th, I attended an event hosted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), National Urban League, and the Education Post to showcase the release of their joint report, “Building Better Narratives in Black Education.” The event provided a forum within which African American leaders, including Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF President and CEO, and Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, could explore issues that serve as the motivation for the report itself: to “fundamentally chang[e] the narrative and face of education reform to meaningfully include Black voices, leaders and initiatives that truly have equity and Black student success at the core.”

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Posted in Research

National Alliance September Newsletter

Happy New School Year! The late summer always brings excitement and anticipation, as students and teachers head back to the classroom. I love reading stories about charter public school students starting their new school year – some in a brand new school.

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Posted in monthly newsletter

Connecticut Parents Say, "No More."

Last week, a group of Connecticut parents and children filed a federal lawsuit to fight for the kind of education students deserve but have been repeatedly denied.

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Posted in Legal, Parents, Connecticut

Texas' Great IDEA - The Founders

The Founders: Inside the revolution to invent (and reinvent) America's best charter schools by Richard Whitmire was published on The 74's website on August 30, 2016. Below is one of our favorite excerpts from the book. Keep reading to learn about the founding of the 2016 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools winner, IDEA Public Schools.

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Posted in The Founders

How Charter School Leaders Improved Their Approaches to Discipline

In the debate about charter school discipline, the voices of people who work in charter schools deserve more attention. Many charter school leaders have improved their approach to discipline to help more kids learn while reducing exclusionary practices like suspension and expulsion.

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Posted in discipline, NCSRC

The Negativity's Not Working: Public Support for Charter Schools Remains High

 As parents are getting backpacks ready and kids are heading off for another school year, there are tons of stories on social media about their excitement (okay, maybe not for every kid), their love for their school and general school spirit. I’m sure this is true for students at all kinds of schools – district public, charter public, and private.

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Posted in Research

Understanding the Impact of Charter Schools on Post-Secondary Achievement

"Charter school students earn less!" Not really. Researchers recently found that the charter school students who graduated from 40 "regular" charter schools in Texas in 2003 and went on to Texas colleges and worked in Texas in 2011, earned $300 less per year than their non-charter school peers with the same pathway. Students who followed that path, but went to "No Excuses" charter schools earned about $100 per year more than their peers. But, truthfully, but there wasn't enough data to make either statement statistically sound.

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Understanding Diversity in Our Schools

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a report this week that summarizes the status and trends for racial and ethnic groups in our education system. Given the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S., it is important to understand how students from different backgrounds and cultures approach education, as well as how they are served by our education system.

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The Apprehension of the Charter School Movement in Fairfax County

When Fairfax Leadership Academy was endorsed by the Virginia Board of Education, the future of charter schools in Fairfax County became a little bit brighter. The founder of Fairfax Leadership Academy, Eric Welch, is a longtime Fairfax County public school teacher and administrator who works at JEB Stuart High School. Welch coordinates Stuart's college readiness program, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), that prepares students in their pursuit of higher education. His work in bettering one of the lower-performing high schools in Fairfax County has been a constant effort. Through his work, Welch noticed a significant population of his students were underserved with the traditional public school system. So he did something about it.

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Posted in state advocacy

National Alliance July Newsletter

We had a great time at the 2016 National Charter Schools Conference in Nashville. More than 4,000 charter school supporters from across America gathered to celebrate the movement’s 25th anniversary. We highlighted our progress and discussed where we need to go from here to ensure that more students have the opportunity to attend a high-quality charter public school.

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