Tomorrow the National Alliance is releasing a new charter school model law to serve as a resource for state legislators and advocates as they design and implement charter laws. Today we celebrate the accomplishments of the previous model law with our Senior Director of State Advocacy Russ Simnick.
In Oklahoma, the political fault line is not drawn between Democrats and Republicans—It resides between urban and rural legislators. This rift explains why charter schools were only allowed to exist in the Oklahoma’s two largest urban counties in 2014 when the National Alliance and our state partners began working to expand charter school options throughout the state.
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There is a real link between good education policy and improved outcomes. This theory shines through in a recent Chalkbeat article that discusses the growth of public charter schools in Indiana after the state strengthened its law in 2011.
As the Oklahoma General Assembly convenes this week, it will have a lot of issues on its plate. Always important is the issue of education. Though there are bright spots, such as Oklahoma City charter schools, statewide academic performance is lagging the nation.
Education reformers agree that the Sooner State is one to watch in the years to come. Momentum is currently building in Oklahoma to expand school choice beyond a limited number of charter schools. If this happens, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction would play a key role in advancing current education reform initiatives.
Four charter schools in 15 years. At a time when states throughout the nation are embracing charter schools and enrollment in them is growing rapidly, those six words – four charter schools in 15 years – make a strong statement about the charter school movement in Virginia.
Indianapolis charter school performance will be carefully scrutinized in the upcoming battle for scarce dollars for education funding when Indiana begins to draft its two-year budget in January. The National Center on School Choice’s report by Anna Nicotera, "Charter School Effects in an Urban School District: An Analysis of Student Achievement Gains in Indianapolis", comes at a perfect time to...