The Charter Blog

Rebecca Halonen and Angela Pinholster, Create Academy

Creativity and ingenuity have helped drive success within the charter movement. Across the country, students are offered unique and innovative choices in education that equip them with the fundamental skills necessary to excel academically. Among the many unique schools opening this fall is the Create Academy charter school in Phoenix, AZ., which will offer arts-integrated, project –based learning to students in kindergarten through second grade, as well as fifth and sixth grades. They will eventually grow to serve kindergarten through 12th grade. Create Academy teaches its students about social justice through arts in order to help students understand how to have a positive impact on persistent social issues.

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Posted in Back to School

Education Polls Show Continued Public Support for Charter Schools

Two recently released national polls show that the majority of Americans support public charter schools.

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Posted in Research

Brenda McDonald, PRIDE Prep School of Technology and Science

Brenda McDonaldThis August, Brenda McDonald will partner with the Spokane School District to open PRIDE Prep School of Technology and Science in Spokane, Washington. Brenda grew up in the Spokane Public School system and her dedication to public education proudly follows the footsteps of her father who is finishing his 56th year as an educator.  

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Posted in Back to School

Will Texas Charter Students Finally Get Fair Funding?

Today will be the first time in the history of the Texas charter school movement that the case for fair student funding will be made before the Supreme Court of Texas. (Watch it live online)

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Posted in Legal

Congressman Scalise Visits New Orleans Charter School

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise visited Edward Hynes Charter School in New Orleans.

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Posted in Back to School

Beth Anderson, Phoenix Charter Academy Network

Phoenix Charter Academy Network is the only charter alternative school network of charter schools in all of Massachusetts serving high-risk young adults, many of whom have dropped out of traditional public high schools, with the goal of getting them to and through college. This fall, Phoenix will open the doors of its three high schools in Chelsea, Lawrence and Springfield to over 500 students. Beth Anderson, Founder and CEO, and her team set the bar high with rigorous academics, but follows up with relentless supports to ensure that Massachusetts students who face unique challenges, such as teen pregnancy and early parenting, low or no English skills and other life changes, have the opportunity to access college.

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Posted in Back to School

Adel Sefrioui, Excel Public Charter School

According to the State of Washington, by 2017 approximately 30,000 jobs in the state will go unfilled by Washington’s own students due to lack of qualified STEM candidates. Last year, only 12 African-American students in the entire state took the AP computer-science exam. Recognizing the abundant job opportunities available in Washington and the lack of minority students pursuing STEM education, Adel Sefrioui saw a need to provide students new and innovative choices in education. This year, Adel will open Excel Public Charter School in Kent, WA. The campus will offer a STEM-focused, college preparatory curriculum to 6th and 7th grade students, with the goal of serving grades 6-12 by 2021.

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Posted in Back to School

Chartering Turnaround Case Study: Mastery Charter Schools

Since 2007, low-performing schools have received more than $5.8 billion in funds through the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. The National Alliance’s report Chartering Turnaround: Leveraging Public Charter School Autonomy to Address Failure examines how the autonomies related to staffing, curriculum, and general operations provided by state charter laws can be used to catalyze school turnaround efforts. Specifically, it explores the traditional public school (TPS) restart model through case studies of three charter management organizations (CMO), including Mastery Charter Schools.

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Posted in Successes, Research

Nathan Kalasho, KEYS GRACE ACADEMY Charter School

Not many school leaders in the country can say that their school was created to focus on and preserve the Chaldean, Assyrian and Syriac cultures. Nathan Kalasho may be one of the few, if not the only one altogether. The child of two long-time public school educators who immigrated to the United States in the 70s, Nathan understood from a very early age the importance of education in diverse communities. This fall, he is applying his understanding of unique public education needs in Michigan by opening the KEYS GRACE Academy Charter School in Detroit.

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Posted in Back to School

The Aftermath Series: Lessons Learned from New Orleans

New Orleans’ fearless education reform sparked conversation—both positive and negative—about the future of American education. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, citizens seized an opportunity to rebuild a better school system. The changes experienced by New Orleans have received international attention and have become a model for turnaround districts across the country. 

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Posted in The Aftermath Series, Successes

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