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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.

Charter Schools Just Got a New Tool to Help with Building and Expanding School Facilities

This new “how-to” guide walks charter school operators through the facility construction process, from concept to financing.

Why Not High-Quality Public Charter School Options for Rural States?

December 14, 2017 | by Josh Kearns |

One of the humblest school leaders I have met to date—Marcos Martinez, the chief executive officer and founder of Poder Academy—has achieved what few in the state of Wyoming have. Marcos found a way to not only open two of the four public charter schools in the entire state, but did so in collaboration with the district, and in a state where over 35 percent of its population lives in a rural...

Top 5 Facilities Struggles for Charter Schools

December 13, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

Phi Delta Kappan (PDK) recently found that 17 percent of parents would choose a public charter school for their child if location and capacity were not an issue. And just last month, EdChoice found that 16 percent of parents would like to send their child to a public charter school—which is up nine percentage points since 2013. Together, these two surveys indicate that the potential number of...

Polls Find Demand for Charter Schools Continues to Exceed Supply

November 29, 2017 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

EdChoice just released its latest survey on K-12 education, parent experiences, and school choice and one thing is clear – parent demand for charter schools continues to exceed the supply. According to this survey, if they could select any type of school, 16 percent of parents would select a charter school in order to obtain the best education for their child. (Bear in mind, that just six...

LEARN Charter School Network

Standing at the podium at graduation, one LEARN 6 eighth grader Farhan explained, “Being a military child, I try not to get too close to my friends—with the idea of moving looming over my head. But at LEARN, you can’t help but feel like LEARN is your second family.”

October Monthly Update

October 31, 2017 | by Nina Rees |

The success of the public charter school movement is rooted in the energetic work of talented educators, the courageous choices of parents, the unique talents of our students, and the generous giving of Americans who believe that every child should have access to a first-rate education. Over the past month, several of the movement’s leading financial supporters have made news.

My First Day of (Charter) School

October 25, 2017 | by Jake Lee |

In my first six months of working as a Communications and Marketing Assistant at the National Alliance, I have supported numerous initiatives in efforts to improve the charter school movement. I have enjoyed my time working on projects such as National Charter Schools Week, our National Charter Schools Conference, and other national campaigns like our annual #Back2School week, but none were as...

Espiritu Charter Schools Exemplify Student Leadership in their Instruction

October 11, 2017 | by Adrian Ruiz |

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...

Leap In, Get Stuck, Push Through

October 05, 2017 | by Odyssey School of Denver |

The first few weeks of school are an exciting time at Odyssey School of Denver, a K-8 public charter school with an Expeditionary Learning curriculum, as teachers focus their beginning-of-year efforts on building “crew,” or homeroom, culture. Students agree on new crew courtesies to support each other, participate in overnight adventure trips to build peer and teacher connections, and begin to...

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