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Nina Rees

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Public Charter Schools Provide Real Options for 2.3 Million Children

February 15, 2013 | by Nina Rees |

A recent article by Stephanie Simon in Reuters, highlights a number of charter schools that appear to be engaged in selective enrollment practices. If there are charter schools violating the state and local statutes governing admissions and enrollment, we want to know about it, the overseeing authorities should investigate, and the practices should be corrected. Procedures that place a burden on...

NAPCS President Responds to SOTU Address

February 12, 2013 | by Nina Rees |

Though President Obama's State of the Union (SOTU) Address did not focus on charter schools, he highlighted two initiatives that stand to greatly benefit public charter schools: a partnership with states to encourage access to high-quality preschool and a Race to the Top program aimed at upgrading the quality of high school curricula by focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math...

Lessons Learned

September 18, 2012 | by Nina Rees |

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike hit an unexpected milestone when it continued into its second week. Public charter schools have also hit a milestone this year, marking their 20th anniversary nationally, and 15th in Illinois. As we look at these milestones, it is hard not to draw some contrasts between the two public school models operating in the Windy City. While the strike leaves...

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