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National Alliance November Newsletter

November 13, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

A Note from Nina

We just released our annual report on the communities with the largest share of public school students enrolled in charter public schools. New Orleans once again holds the distinction of having the highest percentage of students in charter schools (93 percent) and Los Angeles has the largest overall number of charter public school students (151,310). Click here to see where your...

5 Questions for the Presidential Candidates

November 09, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

As a policy geek, I love presidential debate season. The candidates offer a host of ideas – some new, some old – and we the voters decide which ideas hold the most potential for solving our nation’s big challenges. But as an education advocate and a mom, I’ve been disappointed in this year’s debates. Education has received virtually no air time, despite its major significance to our country’s...

National Alliance October Newsletter

October 15, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

A Note from Nina

We were all surprised and saddened over the past few weeks to learn about the impending resignations of two pillars of education reform: Speaker John Boehner and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Both men have been committed to improving equity and quality in our nation’s schools. I shared some thoughts about Speaker Boehner’s legacy in a piece for U.S. News & World Report, and...

National Alliance September Newsletter

September 15, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

A Note from Nina

Back-to-school time is a season of excitement and anticipation for millions of students, teachers, and families across America. Unfortunately, for more than 1,300 students in Washington state, this has become a season of uncertainty and worry. Late on Friday, September 4, the Washington state Supreme Court handed down a stunning decision invalidating the voter-approved referendum...

Boldly Going Where Teachers Haven't Gone Before

September 08, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

When you think of charter schools, you probably associate them with parental choice in education. But did you know that one of the original purposes of charter schools was to give teachers more control over schools and curriculum?

Tests Matter

September 01, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

As the mother of a tween living in the suburbs of Washington, I rarely tell people I meet what I do for a living because mentioning work in education leads to questions about my views on testing. The conventional wisdom is that students should be tested less frequently and that tests don't offer the full picture of a child's abilities. Mind you, these mothers are over-achievers whose children...

Test results support Achievement School District's approach

August 12, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

The following op-ed from National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees first appeared in the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

When Tennessee lawmakers created the Achievement School District (ASD) three years ago, they had a clear vision of what they wanted the new statewide district to achieve, but no guarantee of success.

The goal was to take some of Tennessee’s Priority schools — those in the...

5 Education Questions for the GOP Field

August 10, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

The first major televised debate of the 2016 election offered a glimpse into the Republican candidates' views on a range of issues from the Iran nuclear deal to the economy to abortion. Unfortunately, education was largely off the radar. Few issues are as important to the future of our country as education is, and while Republicans are often hesitant to discuss the federal role in education –...

Get Pre-K Policy Right

July 21, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

From city halls to Congress, political leaders are embracing the potential benefits of early childhood education. And it's none too soon. As a nation, we're behind the curve. Just last month, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined two education leaders in the U.S. House – Reps. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., and Bobby Scott, D-Va. – to pen an article highlighting America's weak standing (31 out of...

National Alliance July Newsletter

July 09, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

A Note from Nina

We had a tremendous turnout for the 15th annual National Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans! It was great to see so many supporters and so much enthusiasm for public charter schools. If you weren’t able to join us – or if you want to relive the memories – check out our Facebook photo album.

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