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Susan Aud Pendergrass

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Study Shows Charter Schools Are a Bright Spot in Urban Education

October 13, 2015 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

Our cities face a staggering array of challenges—poverty, unemployment, crime, and lack of opportunity or engagement. A new report by the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), Measuring Up: Educational Improvement and Opportunity in 50 Cities, seeks to measure how our cities are doing according to several education indicators across 50 urban areas. The report determined, not...

No-Excuses Charter Schools Produce Positive Academic Growth for their Students

September 24, 2015 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

A quarter of a century after they first appeared on the scene in Minnesota, charter schools continue to be criticized for being both a “risky experiment” and not innovative enough. Success breeds criticism and, regardless of the strong and growing parental demand for charter schools, critics will continue to throw mud in all directions to see if some will stick.

Mind the Gap? Study Finds No Difference in Special Education Services in Charter and Traditional Public Schools in Denver and New York City

August 26, 2015 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

A new study by Marcus Winters featured in the latest edition of Education Next had several significant findings for public charter schools: first, according to an analysis of enrollment data from the two cities, the biggest contributor to the “gap” in the number students receiving special education services in charter and traditional public schools appears to be the  lower rates of...

Homeowners in Metro Atlanta are Benefiting from Having High-quality Charter Schools Nearby

August 24, 2015 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

It’s common knowledge that high-quality schools can positively affect property values. Parents desire to move to neighborhoods with better schools pushes up home prices. In fact, in 2007, more than one-quarter of public school parents said that they moved to their neighborhood because of the quality of the school. However, low-income, high-minority schools can reduce property values and, worse...

Why School Closures Matter

April 28, 2015 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has consistently believed that all schools should be held accountable for the performance of their students and any school that isn’t performing should be closed.

Public Charter School Enrollment Share Continues to Grow Across U.S. Communities

December 04, 2014 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

Twenty years ago, charter schools were a novel idea in most communities. States began passing laws that allowed groups of motivated individuals to create innovative public schools outside of the traditional system. It took some time for parents and students to get to know these new and unique public schools. Now, however, charter schools are a growing, thriving, and integral part of more and more...

Charter Schools in St. Louis Giving Students Greater Access to a High-Quality Education, Paving the Way for Even More Success

July 10, 2014 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

The city of St. Louis recently released a study that showed public education is improving for their students. The study, produced by IFF, looks at where children live, where they go to school, and if they have access to a high-quality schools, based on state accreditation. The study uses 2013 data and is an update to a similar study produced five years ago.

How are Michigan charter schools performing?

July 08, 2014 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

A recent news series by the Detroit Free Press has questioned the performance of Michigan charter schools. Unfortunately, the series fails to acknowledge or glosses over key facts. So here is a look at the evidence regarding the performance of charter schools in Michigan.

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