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...
We continue to see positive momentum in one new charter state—Mississippi—and one hopefully-soon-to-be charter state—Kentucky.
Over the past two months, Mississippi has started taking steps to implement the overhaul of its charter law that it enacted during this year’s legislative session there (an overhaul pushed by a broad coalition of organizations, including NAPCS).
Yesterday, we released a report that examines the evolving state policies for public charter schools. Using the National Alliance’s model law and annual state charter laws rankings reports between January 2010 and January 2013 as the basis for the analysis, we found that there has been significant improvement to public charter school laws during the past few years.
At the end of last week, the New Hampshire State Board of Education lifted its almost year-long moratorium on public charter schools and authorized three new charter schools to open (a fourth application will be heard next month). These actions brought to a close (at least for now) the latest attempt to halt the growth of public charter schools in the state and have revived the state’s...
The Fordham Institute released a pithy new paper today on the governance of public charter schools. In it, the author, Adam Emerson, questions one of the age-old (at least since 1991, when charters first came on the scene) assumptions about charters: that each school must have its own community-based governing board that operates the school and serves students from nearby communities.
After the elections in November and before the end of 2012, Congress will be faced with several major decisions that will impact our nation’s fiscal situation, including funding to support education programs. One of these major decision points is how to deal with automatic funding cuts (called Budget Sequestration) to both military and domestic spending programs that will take place on January 2,...
This week, we released the third edition of Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws. Notwithstanding the positive response the report has received, there were two criticisms of it worth addressing.
Today, we released the third 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 42 state charter school laws against the 20 essential components from the NAPCS model law.
In advance of the release of our 2012 rankings of state charter school laws against our model law, we are going to chronicle some of the most critical aspects of the model law currently playing across the country. The second installment focuses on charter school autonomy.