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New Data Show Charter Schools in Hialeah, Fla., Are Closing the Achievement Gap

This week Education Cities released the Education Equality Index (EEI), which measures the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers.

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Posted in Research

New Study Shows Charter Schools Closing the Achievement Gap

Today Education Cities released the Education Equality Index (EEI), which measures the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers. While the EEI delineates a large achievement gap plaguing our K-12 education system, it also finds that in 90 percent of major U.S. cities, there are individual schools that are closing the achievement gap.

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Posted in Research

Discipline in Charter Schools: There’s More to the Story

This week, the Civil Rights Project at UCLA came out with a report on charter and traditional public schools’ discipline practices. The Civil Rights Project has a track record of being critical of charter schools, and it was no surprise that the report cast a negative light on the charter movement.

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Posted in News

Top Takeaways from the Health of the Charter School Movement Report

As we have learned, it is not enough to just pass a strong law; we must also make sure that it is implemented well and that other factors for success are in place. The Health of the Charter Public School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis is intended as a companion piece to the annual state charter law rankings released earlier this year. The new health rankings provide a comprehensive picture of how charter laws are working in practice. Most of the states with higher-ranked charter school laws are also highly ranked in the health-of-the-movement rankings.

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Posted in National Alliance Publications, Health of the Charter School Movement

New Report Ranks the Growth, Innovation, and Quality of States’ Charter School Movements

Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released The Health of the Charter Public School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis, which evaluates the health of the charter public school movement in key states across the country. Following the first report released in October 2014, this second edition measures movement growth, innovation and quality, while this year doubling the number of quality measures. Due to these quality additions, a total of 18 states with charter school laws met the criteria for inclusion in this year’s report.

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Posted in Research

National Alliance Congratulates New Mexico Recipient of Milken Education Award

This week, Colin DeGroot, a science teacher at ASK Academy charter school in Rio Rancho New Mexico, was honored with the Milken Educator Award. This prestigious award, known as the “Oscars of Teaching,” is an annual recognition given to outstanding educators and includes a $25,000 individual prize.

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Posted in Successes

We Support John B. King for Secretary of Education

Today the Senate is holding a confirmation hearing for Dr. John B. King to become the U.S. Secretary of Education. Dr. King has been acting Secretary since Arne Duncan stepped down from the role last October. Dr. King has rich experience that makes him exceptionally deserving to lead the U.S. Department of Education, including roles as Principal Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Education.

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Posted in Federal Government

CHIME Institute Values the Needs of All Students

Our partners at the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) have launched a monthly blog series to promote best practices that support access and success for students with disabilities who attend charter schools.

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Posted in special education

Dear Presidents, We Thank You for Supporting Charter Schools

It’s been 25 years since the passage of the first charter school law in 1991. When Bill Clinton was sworn in as President in 1993, only Minnesota and California had passed charter school laws. When President Clinton left the office in 2001, there were 1,941 charter schools in operation.

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Posted in Federal Government

President Shows a Strong Commitment to Charter Schools in FY2017 Budget

President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes $350 million for the Charter Schools Program. This is a 5 percent increase over the $333 million included in the FY2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

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Posted in Federal Government