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Nina Rees

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Big Results in the Big Easy

June 30, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

Reforming our nation's worst-performing schools is a topic of perennial concern that nevertheless has yielded too little progress. When I was an analyst at the Heritage Foundation in the mid-'90s, we discussed proposals to offer vouchers to students in the 100 worst-performing schools in America so that they could attend a school of their parents' choice. The idea didn't get very far.

Stop the Summer Slide

June 16, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

(Originally published by U.S. News & World Report)

National Alliance June Newsletter

June 15, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

A Note from Nina

We are only a few days away from the 15th annual National Charter Schools Conference on June 21-24 in New Orleans! I am excited that I’ll see many of you there. This conference is a particularly special one for us as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – and celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the National Alliance! We have a packed agenda including...

National Alliance May Newsletter

May 18, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

A Note From Nina

May is always a big month at the National Alliance. We just celebrated National Charter Schools Week (May 3-9), which gave us the opportunity to tout all the great things that are happening in public charter schools nationwide. And last week we released our 2014 Annual Report, which provides information about the many initiatives the National Alliance undertook last year to...

National Alliance April Newsletter

April 15, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

A Note From Nina

We’ve had a busy month at the National Alliance: welcoming Alabama to the list of states with charter school laws, preparing for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and getting ready for our annual #CharterSchoolsWeek on May 3-9. This year, we are encouraging every charter school leader to invite an elected official to tour their school –...

National Alliance March Newsletter

March 17, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

A Note From Nina

One of the things I like most about my job is the opportunity it offers me to meet with dedicated educators who are investing their lives in finding the next best approach to learning. I recently met one such individual: Brian Greenberg, the CEO of the Silicon Schools Fund. The Fund, which helps to launch schools focused on technology, innovation, and student-directed...

National Alliance February Newsletter

February 16, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

A Note From Nina

Did you know that charter schools are the fastest growing form of public school choice in the United States? Over the past five years, student enrollment in charter schools has grown by more than 70 percent. As we recently reported, more than 500 new public charter schools opened in the 2014-15 school year alone. Across the country, more than 6,700 public charter schools now...

National Alliance January Newsletter

January 15, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

A Note From Nina

Happy New Year! Like many of you, I love the sense of possibility and the opportunity to set new goals that comes with the start of each year. We’re doing just that at the National Alliance, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and launch our new three-year strategic plan. Our new plan builds on our past work but sets higher aspirations for ourselves and for the movement. Over...

Don't Throw Testing Out With the Bath Water

January 14, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

(Originally published by U.S. News & World Report)

5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Education

November 24, 2014 | by Nina Rees |

(Originally published by U.S. News & World Report)

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