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Charter School Restart Model Resources

Restarting struggling schools as charter schools is an important turnaround strategy, as well as a means of replication for high-quality charter school networks across the country. This is why in August 2015, the National Alliance issued the report, Chartering Turnaround: Leveraging Public Charter School Autonomy to Address Failure so that we could explore the role of charter schools in providing students in struggling schools with access to a high-quality education. This report profiled the work of three charter management organizations (CMOs) that used the charter school restart model to turn around poorly performing schools in Camden, NJ, Nashville, TN, and Los Angeles, CA.

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Three Things Charter School Leaders Should Know About ESSA

The enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the first rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in nearly 14 years, was a major accomplishment for Congress and the Obama Administration. ESSA gives states a much more prominent role, so now comes the hard part to a state capitol near you –implementation!

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Posted in Federal Government, ESSA

National Alliance May Newsletter

We’re still beaming from another successful National Charter Schools Week! We honored our 2016 Charter Champions – elected officials at all levels of government who go above and beyond in their support for charter public schools. Our Twitter Q&A with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Sharif El-Mekki, principal of Mastery Charter Schools’ Shoemaker Campus in Philadelphia, drew nearly 300 participants and generated 2.4 million impressions. We released a national poll on parental demand for charter schools (details below). And supporters across the country hosted events to show leaders why charter schools are so vital to American education. Click here for a complete rundown of the week’s highlights and news coverage.

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Posted in monthly newsletter

What a Great Week!

We had a great time celebrating our nation’s charter public schools this week. It was exciting to see so much activity across the country during National Charter Schools Week.

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Posted in Charter Schools Week, Champions for Charters

I Love My Charter School

Many people might assume that charter schools are not beneficial for students due to small enrollments and other limitations. However, my experience at Zenith Academy has made me a well-rounded individual as well as a successful citizen of my society. Furthermore, it has provided me with countless opportunities to build a strong network that will truly contribute to my future.

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Posted in Students, Charter Schools Week

What Do Parents Want?

One clear finding from our parent survey is that the idea of allowing parents to choose which public school their child should attend, rather than assigning students to a school based on where they live, has taken hold. More than half of parents surveyed are strongly in favor of public school choice, including high percentages of minority and low-income parents.

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Posted in Parents, Parent Demand

Are you ready for #CharterSchoolsWeek?

National Charter Schools Week is less than one week away! Are you ready? 

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Posted in Charter Schools Week

Why Teachers Choose Charter Schools

Had you told me 10 years ago that I would become a teacher, let alone, go back to my high school to teach, I would’ve looked at you like you had three heads. The only thought on my mind was becoming the next big news anchor and, like many other teenagers, how far I could move away from home upon graduation. But here I was, walking back into Principal Bernardo Montero’s office looking to start my career in the world of Academica. Without a doubt, I was welcomed with open arms and my love for education began. I should’ve known education would become my passion, after all, both my grandmother and aunt are educators.

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Posted in Charter Schools Week, Teachers, Charter School Alumni

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