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Todd Ziebarth

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Washington State Voter Analysis Shows Support Among Minority Communities

September 15, 2013 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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...

Positive Momentum Continues in Mississippi and Kentucky

September 08, 2013 | by Todd Ziebarth |

We continue to see positive momentum in one new charter state—Mississippi—and one hopefully-soon-to-be charter state—Kentucky.

Mississippi Builds Up Charter School Association and Authorizer

August 14, 2013 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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).

Getting better all the time: state charter laws show improvement

July 31, 2013 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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.

Moratorium Lifted on New Hampshire Charter School Growth

July 24, 2013 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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...

New Directions for Public Charter School Governance

March 27, 2013 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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.

How Budget Sequestration would Impact Federal Funding for Public Charter Schools

October 01, 2012 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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,...

Charter Law Rankings Demonstrate Significant Progress in State Policy across the Country

January 18, 2012 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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.

Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws

January 16, 2012 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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.

Actual Autonomy

January 04, 2012 | by Todd Ziebarth |

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.

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