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

February 08, 2018 | by Todd Ziebarth |

Two weeks ago, we released our Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws—the ninth edition of this report. Upon the release of this year’s report, a few individuals have questioned the rankings because of the inclusion of the five states that have most recently come into the charter school family: Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, and Washington. The...

Diversity Works

January 31, 2018 | by Jamison White |

Diversity works. A plethora of cultures, languages, and beliefs culminate in American society, which embraces the uniqueness of all its people as its strength. America learns and grows from the families whose unique racial, cultural, and linguistic experiences stich this great nation together. The Denver Language School (DLS) in Colorado epitomizes this quest for a diverse society. As an...

Atlantis Charter School Gives Students 21st Century Opportunities

January 16, 2018 | by Janet Allison |

Businesses in Massachusetts across the nation face a growing shortage of workers qualified to fill jobs. This so-called “skills gap” leaves many manufacturing, health care, information technology, and other companies struggling to find workers. Atlantis Charter School in Fall River, Massachusetts is on a mission to change that.

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.

Charter Schools Just Got a New Tool to Help with Building and Expanding School Facilities

This new “how-to” guide walks charter school operators through the facility construction process, from concept to financing.

Why Not High-Quality Public Charter School Options for Rural States?

December 14, 2017 | by Josh Kearns |

One of the humblest school leaders I have met to date—Marcos Martinez, the chief executive officer and founder of Poder Academy—has achieved what few in the state of Wyoming have. Marcos found a way to not only open two of the four public charter schools in the entire state, but did so in collaboration with the district, and in a state where over 35 percent of its population lives in a rural...

Top 5 Facilities Struggles for Charter Schools

December 13, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

Phi Delta Kappan (PDK) recently found that 17 percent of parents would choose a public charter school for their child if location and capacity were not an issue. And just last month, EdChoice found that 16 percent of parents would like to send their child to a public charter school—which is up nine percentage points since 2013. Together, these two surveys indicate that the potential number of...

Polls Find Demand for Charter Schools Continues to Exceed Supply

November 29, 2017 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

EdChoice just released its latest survey on K-12 education, parent experiences, and school choice and one thing is clear – parent demand for charter schools continues to exceed the supply. According to this survey, if they could select any type of school, 16 percent of parents would select a charter school in order to obtain the best education for their child. (Bear in mind, that just six...

LEARN Charter School Network

Standing at the podium at graduation, one LEARN 6 eighth grader Farhan explained, “Being a military child, I try not to get too close to my friends—with the idea of moving looming over my head. But at LEARN, you can’t help but feel like LEARN is your second family.”

October Monthly Update

October 31, 2017 | by Nina Rees |

The success of the public charter school movement is rooted in the energetic work of talented educators, the courageous choices of parents, the unique talents of our students, and the generous giving of Americans who believe that every child should have access to a first-rate education. Over the past month, several of the movement’s leading financial supporters have made news.

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