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Christy Wolfe

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2017 Charter School Grants Implement ESSA Flexibility—Finally!

September 29, 2017 | by Christy Wolfe |

Almost two years after the reauthorization of ESEA, improvements made to the Charter Schools Program (CSP) in response to our advocacy are finally going into effect. On September 28, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the first round of CSP Grants to State Entities, as well as Replication and Expansion Grants (CMO), and Credit Enhancement facilities funding.

Charter School Restart Model Resources

May 25, 2016 | by Christy Wolfe |

Restarting struggling schools as charter schools is an important turnaround strategy, as well as a means of replication for high-quality charter school networks across the country. This is why in August 2015, the National Alliance issued the report, Chartering Turnaround: Leveraging Public Charter School Autonomy to Address Failure so that we could explore the role of charter schools in...

Report Examines the Role of a Charter School Model in Turning around Failing Schools

August 05, 2015 | by Christy Wolfe |

The latest efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), H.R. 5 and S. 1177, have passed the House and Senate, but the issue of accountability for intervening in low-performing schools is far-from settled. While both bills require states to measure student academic achievement, states are not required to intervene in struggling schools based on those results. And while...

Title I Funding and Charter Schools: How the Dollars Follow (or Don’t Follow) Students

April 23, 2015 | by Christy Wolfe |

The Title I portability proposals in the House (H.R. 5) and Senate ESEA reauthorization bills have generated a fair amount of debate (and hand wringing) in the last few months. So much so that the President has threatened to veto H.R. 5, and the Senate responded by removing the portability language from its original proposal. For those who are not familiar with the portability concept, the...

Some Federal Implications of NACSA Quality Recommendations

February 12, 2014 | by Christy Wolfe |

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) released Replicating Quality: Policy Recommendations to Support the Replication and Growth of High-Performing Charter Schools and Networksin collaboration with the Charter School Growth Fundlast week. This report lays out key policies and practices for legislators, authorizers, and state education agencies that have the greatest...

Feds Miss the Mark Attempting to Define “Quality” in Proposed Federal Priorities for National Leadership Dollars

January 15, 2014 | by Christy Wolfe |

As part of the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) the Secretary of Education is required to reserve 5 percent of the total appropriation for the National Leadership Activities Grant, which funds specific initiatives to improve charter school quality. For FY 2014, this is approximately $11 million.

Alternative Charter Schools: Should Traditional Accountability Measures Apply?

October 30, 2013 | by Christy Wolfe |

Should there be “alternate” accountability systems for charter schools that intentionally serve students at risk of academic failure?

State Accountability Systems Could Change as ESEA Waiver Renewal Process Gets Underway: Now is the Time to Get Involved.

September 16, 2013 | by Christy Wolfe |

The ESEA accountability landscape across the county is about to shift again – but not because Congress has come to agreement on ESEA. Due to Congress’ lack of progress on the long overdue ESEA reauthorization, the U.S. Department of Education is instead taking steps to extend the flexibility it has provided states in holding schools accountable for student achievement. The first two rounds of...

Accountability Standards for Teacher Prep Programs Overdue

September 04, 2013 | by Christy Wolfe |

The National Alliance joined a coalition of 23 leaders in the education reform movement in issuing a letter calling for the Obama Administration to seek public comments on its draft Higher Education Act (HEA) rules which would shine a spotlight on teacher preparation program quality, programs that receive approximately $4 billion each year from the federal government. These draft regulations were...

Public Charter Schools Need a New Elementary Secondary Education Act

July 07, 2013 | by Christy Wolfe |

The National Alliance has released its priorities for the renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): Free to Succeed: Public Charter Schools & the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The last time Congress reauthorized the law, public charter schools were an educational experiment, and the purpose of the Charter Schools Program (CSP) was to increase...


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