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My Green Charter School

April 23, 2018 | by Pia Gentapanan |

My name is Pia Gentapanan and I am a sophomore at Environmental Charter High School (ECHS). I first heard about ECHS from the teachers at my middle school. My family and I chose to attend because of all the great things we’d heard, such as the college preparatory focus, academic rigor and the very small, yet comfortable learning environment; I can vouch for that. Along with working hard to...

The Future of Classical Education

March 30, 2018 | by Jamison White |

A seemingly overwhelming amount of information inundates 21st century children daily. Classical education, an increasingly popular education model, equips children with reasoning, informal and formal logic, and rhetoric to help them process the surplus of information and arguments. This model dates to antiquity but fell out of fashion over the last century. Thanks to an educational renaissance...

Alabama’s First Rural Charter School

March 16, 2018 | by Dr. Wedgworth |

Alabama is fairly new to the charter school sector but it is making tremendous strides when it comes to school choice. In 2015 Alabama became the 42nd state to pass a charter school law. Rural students have unique needs that historically, public schools, both traditional and charter, have been criticized for not meeting. However, this fall, the first rural charter school will be opening in...

School Safety and Response Resources

School Safety and Response Resources

In response to the many questions from charter school leaders across the country regarding how to prepare for and how to respond to a crisis, the National Alliance has collected resources from a variety of sources, which schools may find useful. This web page will be updated as more resources become available such as planned days of actions regarding school...

Re-imaging Leadership in Public Schools

February 28, 2018 | by Jamison White |

Nestled in a historic district of Brooklyn, New York, lies a K-5 independent public charter school quietly producing some of the city’s finest students. Imagine Me Leadership Charter School (IMLCS) brilliantly blends rigorous and exciting academics with a cultural program designed to inspire the community leaders of tomorrow. While many people associate single-sex schools with elite private...

Elements of Successful Charter School Authorizing

February 27, 2018 | by Kevin Hesla |
Strong, thoughtful, and visionary authorizers and authorizing practices are absolutely essential to the continued growth and health of the charter school movement – a movement which aims to provide expanded opportunities to millions of students while also positively reshaping the larger public education landscape. Based on recent national surveys, 16 to 17 percent of parents would choose a...

The Purpose of the Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws Report

February 08, 2018 | by Todd Ziebarth |

Two weeks ago, we released our Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws—the ninth edition of this report. Upon the release of this year’s report, a few individuals have questioned the rankings because of the inclusion of the five states that have most recently come into the charter school family: Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, and Washington. The...

Diversity Works

January 31, 2018 | by Jamison White |

Diversity works. A plethora of cultures, languages, and beliefs culminate in American society, which embraces the uniqueness of all its people as its strength. America learns and grows from the families whose unique racial, cultural, and linguistic experiences stich this great nation together. The Denver Language School (DLS) in Colorado epitomizes this quest for a diverse society. As an...

Atlantis Charter School Gives Students 21st Century Opportunities

January 16, 2018 | by Janet Allison |

Businesses in Massachusetts across the nation face a growing shortage of workers qualified to fill jobs. This so-called “skills gap” leaves many manufacturing, health care, information technology, and other companies struggling to find workers. Atlantis Charter School in Fall River, Massachusetts is on a mission to change that.

State Legislative Highlights December 2017

December 18, 2017 | by Todd Ziebarth |


Most state legislatures are not currently in session, so the last quarter of the year is usually a relatively quiet time on the state legislative front for charter schools. However, there was some notable activity in Michigan recently and there were elections held in New Jersey and Virginia in November that will likely impact charter schools in those two states.

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