The Charter Blog

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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Posted in monthly newsletter

Guam Charter Schools Celebrate Expansion and Support

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is pleased to welcome the island territory of Guam as one of the nation’s most recent entities to recognize charter schools and their ability to provide increased educational opportunity for students. The island passed its first charter school law in 2009 and opened the doors to its first charter school, Guahan Academy Charter School, in 2013. As is done in the United States, Guam began celebrating the annual National Charter School Week in 2015. The charter movement in Guam is gaining momentum as Guahan Academy will celebrate its first graduating class and the island’s second charter school, iLearn Academy Charter School, will round out its first full school year in operation.

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What Has Taken Me to this Point Will Take Me Further Still.

Upon graduation from college this year, I look at where I am now and where I want to be. Columbia University has had a remarkable impact on my outlook in so many ways—introducing me to cultures, religions, philosophies, science, broadening the scope of my knowledge and understanding. The impact of those influences will stay with me as I contemplate my ambitions in terms of my career and my goal of traveling the world.

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Posted in 30 Days of Grad

It was Absolutely Worth It

When people think about high school, they imagine it as a place filled with friendship and laughter, like in the popular Disney musical, High School Musical. In reality high school is much more than that. In my experience, high school has been a very interesting chapter. Not saying that there isn’t any laughter, fun, and rainbows, but from a realistic point of view, high school is filed with its ups and downs and definitely includes a little bit of dramatic teenage drama. With that, I strongly believe high school is just the start of adulthood, character, and relationships.  

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The Potential to be Great

High school has been a very interesting experience for me. It has definitely had its highs and lows and many confusing experiences in between. Overall, I feel like I have been equipped not only for college, but also life as a whole. High school taught me many things, both academically and emotionally. It has revealed and exposed my true colors, both good and bad, and as a result, built many aspects of my character. My experiences at CICS Northtown Academy have shaped me into the person that I am today.

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Posted in 30 Days of Grad

A Starter On and Off the Field

As he graduates from Achievement First Hartford High School, Jahkai has a lot to be proud of. He’s heading to the University of Tennessee Martin on a football scholarship, has excelled in class, including in AP courses, and he’s been a leader at home, especially for his younger sister. For Jakhai, a lot of that success is thanks to his time at Achievement First – he knows things could’ve been different.

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Posted in 30 Days of Grad

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