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Todd Ziebarth

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State Legislative Highlights December 2017

December 18, 2017 | by Todd Ziebarth |


Most state legislatures are not currently in session, so the last quarter of the year is usually a relatively quiet time on the state legislative front for charter schools. However, there was some notable activity in Michigan recently and there were elections held in New Jersey and Virginia in November that will likely impact charter schools in those two states.

A Model Law For Supporting the Growth of High-Quality Charter Public Schools: Second Edition

October 05, 2016 | by Todd Ziebarth |

This morning, we released a major new report, A Model Law For Supporting the Growth of High-Quality Charter Public Schools: Second Edition.

Wisconsin Budget Bill Contains Big Wins for Public Charter Schools

August 14, 2015 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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.

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

February 05, 2015 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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”.

To achieve a strong charter sector, start with supportive laws

June 06, 2014 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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:

Major takeaways from our 2014 rankings of state charter school laws

February 05, 2014 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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.

Seven Big Questions for Public Charter Schools for 2014

January 06, 2014 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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:

Updates to Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law Desperately Needed

December 02, 2013 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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.

What This Week’s Elections Mean for Charter Schools

November 07, 2013 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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:

Is the Third Time the Charm in Wisconsin?

October 06, 2013 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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

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