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President Shows a Strong Commitment to Charter Schools in FY2017 Budget

President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes $350 million for the Charter Schools Program. This is a 5 percent increase over the $333 million included in the FY2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

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Posted in Federal Government

Report: Majority of Charter Public Schools Operating are Independent, Single Site Schools

For this year’s A Closer Look at the Charter School Movement: Schools, Students, and Management Organizations, 2015-16  report, the National Alliance collected information about the management structure of charter schools across the nation. Charter schools can be independent, single-site schools or they can be part of a network of schools run by a management organization. These management organizations are typically nonprofit, and are referred to as charter management organizations (CMOs). Some states also allow for-profit companies to manage charter schools and these are referred to as education management organizations (EMOs).

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Posted in Research

More Cities Empowering Parents with School Choice Options

For at least a century, affluent parents have informally exercised school choice by moving to a city or neighborhood that they perceive to have “good” schools. And, indeed, depending on which poll you select, between two-thirds and three-quarters of the public believe that choosing a school that can best serve your child should be a fundamental right—regardless of income—just as Medicaid recipients can choose their doctor and food-stamp recipients can choose their grocery store.

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Posted in Research

Enrollment in Charter Public Schools Has Grown Sixfold in the Past 15 Years

More than 2.9 million students now attend charter public schools, according to a report released by the National Alliance. U.S. charter schools are serving an estimated 250,000 new students in 2015-16. Enrollment in charter public schools has grown sixfold in the past 15 years.

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Posted in Research

Nearly 3 Million Students Now Attend More Than 6,800 Charter Public Schools

Today the National Alliance released a report that shows growth in the number of charter public schools, estimates their student enrollment, and gives information about the schools’ management structure. We’ll take a look at each of these areas in this blog series, starting with the growth in charter public schools.

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Posted in Research

The Truth About Charter Public Schools

As we celebrate National School Choice Week, we want to spread the #TruthAboutCharters and show support for high-quality charter public schools.

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Posted in Insider

#TruthAboutCharters

Over the past five years, the charter school movement has grown dramatically. Today, nearly 3 million students attend more than 6,700 charter schools in the United States. Despite this growth, parent demand for quality school options is still unmet.

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Posted in Insider

Federal Charter School Program Grants Provide Essential Funding for High-Quality Schools

During National School Choice Week (#NSCW), we celebrate successes across all schools and recognize the need for every student to be able to access a high-quality school of their choice. Charter public schools are supported by the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP), which provides essential funding to create new high-quality charter schools, as well as to disseminate information about ones with a proven track record. Federal CSP funds are also available to replicate and expand successful schools; help charter schools find suitable facilities; reward high-quality charter schools that form exemplary collaborations with the non-chartered public school sector; and invest in national activities and initiatives that support charter schools.

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Posted in CSP in Action

Many States, Like Indiana, Work to Improve Charter School Laws

During National School Choice Week, we advocate for parents' right to choose the best educational option for their children. Charter public schools are the fastest growing segment of public school choice, and many states are working hard to ensure that their charter law provides the most effective environment in which charter schools can operate.

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Posted in State Government Issues

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