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Kim McCabe

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These Charter Schools Celebrate Earth Day Year-Round

April 22, 2016 | by Kim McCabe |

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the charter school movement is that charter school leaders and staff have the opportunity to design a curriculum to focus on specific interest areas. For example, some charter schools focus on fine arts, others reflect the culture of their community, and this charter school focuses on law and democracy. For Earth Day, I wanted to showcase three...

America’s Next President Supports Charter Schools

March 04, 2016 | by Kim McCabe |

For those of us who have been waiting patiently to hear more from the presidential candidates about their education platforms, this was a good week.

Green Street Academy Inspires Hope in West Baltimore    

September 22, 2015 | by Kim McCabe |

Green Street Academy is not your typical school. This West Baltimore charter school is known for a hands-on teaching strategy that incorporates farming vegetables, raising tilapia, and maintaining a chicken coop for fresh eggs. The school sells produce to local restaurants and runs a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program for students’ families. This year, the school brings that...

How You Can Help Save Washington’s Charter Schools

September 08, 2015 | by Kim McCabe |

On Friday, the Washington State Supreme Court rejected the voter-approved public charter school law based on a century-old precedent and said that public charter schools cannot receive “common school” public funds because they are not overseen by elected boards.

Congressman Scalise Visits New Orleans Charter School

September 01, 2015 | by Kim McCabe |

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

Parents Taking Big Risks for School Choice

July 31, 2015 | by Kim McCabe |

Washington D.C. has cracked down on parents from Maryland and Virginia who lie about where they live so that their children can attend D.C. schools. Education Watchdog reports that D.C. officials conducted 70 investigations for residency fraud last year. The stakes are high for these parents: those who commit residency fraud face up to 90 days in jail and may be required to pay back tuition,...

Charter Schools Make Strong Showing in US News Best High School Rankings

June 12, 2014 | by Kim McCabe |

In April, U.S. News & World Report released its 2014 Best High Schools Rankings, and 24 public charter schools are among the top 100. Three of those public charter schools made it into the top 10: BASIS Scottsdale (#2), Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (#3) and BASIS Tucson North (#5).

National Alliance testifies before Congress on the importance of the federal Charter Schools Program

March 26, 2014 | by Kim McCabe |

Earlier this month, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing, “Raising the Bar: The Role of Charter Schools in K-12 Education,” to highlight the growth of charter schools, their positive impact on K-12 education across the country, and the role of the federal Charter Schools Program. The hearing allowed members of the charter school community to showcase the ways...

5 reasons to support charters schools in 2014

February 26, 2014 | by Kim McCabe |

Right now, members of Congress are deciding how to spend money for the upcoming fiscal year and we need to make sure they know that public charter schools are a priority. That’s why we’re asking you to contact your members of Congress, tell them that the federal Charter Schools program is important to you. Need some motivation? Here are my top five reasons to support public charter schools in...

State charter school leaders visit Capitol Hill

February 20, 2014 | by Kim McCabe |

Last week, more than 25 charter school leaders from across the country convened in Washington, D.C. for a day-long meeting to share best practices for growing sustainable charter support organizations, and to meet with their congressional delegations. The meetings, with more than 100 congressional offices, are a critical part of educating members of Congress and their staffs about the...

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