The Charter Blog

Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools

David Griffith, Senior Research and Policy Associate at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, has released a new study that analyzes teacher absenteeism in public schools amidst renewed interest in this public policy issue as states formulate and submit their new ESSA accountability plans. Many states plan on using chronic student absenteeism as a measure of school quality—but what (this study asks) about chronic teacher absenteeism? Previous studies by R. Miller et al. (2007), C. Clotfelter et al. (2007), and M. Herrmann and J. Rockoff (2010) examined the relationship between teacher absenteeism and student achievement and found a strong connection between the two. In fact, there appears to be a one-to-one relationship: a ten-day increase in teacher absence results in at least a ten-day learning loss for students. Griffith’s research adds to this body of work by answering three primary questions:

Read more here

Posted in Research, Teachers, ESSA, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, unions

AP for all: IDEA Public Schools in San Antonio Gives all Students Access to Advanced Placement Courses

Over the next four weeks, the National Alliance will feature a compilation of blogs and stories to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the 30 percent of students attending public charter schools of Hispanic descent. Check back between Friday, September 15 and Friday, October 13 to see new features in our #HispanicHeritageMonth. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in the series!

Read more here

Posted in Hispanic Heritage Month, Texas, AP Exams, Broad Prize

Where Would I Be Without DACA?

Over the next four weeks, the National Alliance will feature a compilation of blogs and stories to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the 30 percent of students attending public charter schools of Hispanic descent. Check back between Friday, September 15 and Friday, October 13 to see new features in our #HispanicHeritageMonth. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in the series!

Read more here

Posted in DACA, KIPP, Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Over the next four weeks, the National Alliance will feature a compilation of blogs and stories to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the 30 percent of students attending public charter schools of Hispanic descent. Check back between Friday, September 15 and Friday, October 13 to see new features in our #HispanicHeritageMonth. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in the series!

The charter school movement is one of diversity and inclusion. As Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) begins, the National Alliance is proud to recognize the dedicated Hispanic educators, families, and students who strengthen public charter schools and the communities they serve. Charter schools’ autonomy allow many schools to provide unique services that meet the needs of their diverse student population—from offering second language support and elevated levels of cultural responsiveness and family engagement, to hiring teachers who reflect the diversity of the community.

Read more here

“Pretty Much Their Dream Job”- Teachers Excited for New Charter School

These next two weeks at the National Alliance we will feature a compilation of blogs and stories from charter school students, teachers, and leaders from across the country going back to school. Check back between Monday, August 28 and Friday, September 8 to see new features in our #Back2School Series. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in the series!

Read more here

Posted in Back to School

What Charlottesville Means to One Charter School for Foster Youth

These next two weeks at the National Alliance we will feature a compilation of blogs and stories from charter school students, teachers, and leaders from across the country going back to school. Check back between Monday, August 28 and Friday, September 8 to see new features in our #Back2School Series. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in the series!

Read more here

Posted in Back to School

Preparing the future leaders of our country for college and beyond

These next two weeks at the National Alliance we will feature a compilation of blogs and stories from charter school students, teachers, and leaders from across the country going back to school. Check back between Monday, August 28 and Friday, September 8 to see new features in our #Back2School Series. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in the series!

Read more here

Posted in Back to School

Charter school leaders sacrifice to see dreams become reality

These next two weeks at the National Alliance we will feature a compilation of blogs and stories from charter school students, teachers, and leaders from across the country going back to school. Check back between Monday, August 28 and Friday, September 8 to see new features in our #Back2School Series. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in the series!

For some school leaders, back to school means fulfilling a dream to better educate underserved students. Arizona is a state with nearly 550 public charter schools serving an estimated 180,000 students. The state’s strong charter law provides a fair amount of autonomy and accountability to its charter schools, has multiple authorizing entities, and has no cap on charter school growth - allowing innovators like Nick Schuerman to open Victory Collegiate Academy this school year.

Read more here

Posted in Back to School

How to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

As the 2017-18 school year begins for students nationwide, the horrible impact that Hurricane Harvey has had on Texas’s families weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of students, teachers, and leaders from across the country.
 
We’ve heard from several of our colleagues in Texas and have begun sharing on social media the different ways our network can help. Please join the National Alliance in supporting those impacted by donating to these fundraisers combating the horrific effects that Hurricane Harvey has had on their school’s community.
 
While the strength of the charter school movement comes from our ability to be different and innovative we have never stopped uplifting each other in a time of need. Please help those in Texas’s school community that are in need of dire support.
 
You can donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey by clicking on any of the below links.

Read more here

School Closures Are Just One Part of Building a Better Public School System

The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released their new study on public school closures titled “Lights Off: Practice and Impact of Closing Low-Performing Schools.” Utilizing student-level data from 26 states, CREDO looked at the performance of schools before they closed and the impact on displaced students after their school closed. Between 2006-07 and 2012-13, CREDO identified 1,522 low-performing, full-time, and non-alternative public schools that closed—of which 1,204 where district schools and 318 were charter schools. Schools were labeled as low-performing if their average math and reading scores were in the bottom 20 percent of their state distribution.

Read more here

Posted in Research