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Todd Ziebarth

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Wisconsin Budget Bill Contains Big Wins for Public Charter Schools

A few weeks ago, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the state’s budget bill into law. This budget bill contains some of the most far-reaching changes to the state’s public charter school law since Wisconsin first enacted its law in 1993.

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Posted in State Government Issues

What You Need to Know About the State Charter School Laws Rankings Report

Last week, we released the sixth edition of Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws. This report evaluates each state’s charter school law against the 20 essential components from our model law, which includes items such as “No Caps,” “Performance-Based Charter Contracts,” and “ Equitable Access to Capital Funding and Facilities”.

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Posted in State Government Issues, Research

To achieve a strong charter sector, start with supportive laws

Senior VP of State Advocacy and Support Todd Ziebarth has a guest blog at Flypaper as part of their "Charter School Policy Wonk-a-Thon," in which Mike Petrilli challenged a number of scholars, practitioners, and policy analysts to take a stab at explaining why some charter sectors outpace their local district schools while other are falling behind. Here's an excerpt of Todd's response:

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Posted in State Government Issues

Major takeaways from our 2014 rankings of state charter school laws

We recently released the fifth annual edition of Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws. This report evaluates, scores, and ranks each of the country’s 43 state charter school laws against the 20 essential components from the National Alliance model law.

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Seven Big Questions for Public Charter Schools for 2014

As we start 2014, the public charter school movement faces several big questions. Here are seven of them that we’ll be paying particularly close attention to this year:

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Posted in Successes

Updates to Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law Desperately Needed

In 2011, charter school supporters were optimistic that Pennsylvania was finally going to make some much-needed updates to its charter school law. Over the past three years, there have been a number of attempts to do so, but they’ve come up short each time.

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Posted in Research

What This Week’s Elections Mean for Charter Schools

While there were only a small number of elections and referendums at stake on Tuesday, some of them had big implications for public charter schools:

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Posted in Successes

Is the Third Time the Charm in Wisconsin?

It was déjà vu all over again last week in Madison.

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Posted in Successes

Washington State Voter Analysis Shows Support Among Minority Communities

One of the most interesting aspects of last fall’s ballot box victory for public charter schools in Georgia was the overwhelming support from African-American voters at the same time that too many of their political leaders were opposing the ballot measure. We are seeing a similar dynamic in Alabama and Kentucky, where a solid majority of voters support charters according to a recent survey released by the Black Alliance for Educational Options (link to our blog on this survey here) while their political leaders more often than not oppose them.

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Posted in Successes