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New NAEP Science Scores Show Charters Work for Hispanic Students

October 31, 2016 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

It has been six years since the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) released scores on their Science assessment for 4th graders and 12th graders and 4 years for 8th graders. Like most NAEP releases, there is a little good news and a little bad news. Since 2009, 4th graders and 8th graders have seen their scores go up by about 4 points, while there was no change for 12th...

New model law from the National Alliance acknowledges the elephant in the room: Virtual charter schools

October 21, 2016 | by Chad L. Aldis and Jessica Poiner |

Ohio’s charter school movement has faced a number of challenges over the past decade. A myriad of school closings and allegations of financial misconduct contributed to it being dubbed the Wild, Wild West of charter schools. Making matters worse, a comprehensive analysis in 2014 by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) found that, on average, Ohio charter...

Facilities: A Thorny Issue for Charter Schools

October 17, 2016 | by Terry Ryan |

Ask any charter public school leader in the United States the thorniest issues they have to overcome in opening and running a great school and you will inevitably hear about facility challenges. Bottom line - the lack of affordable school facilities are a serious inhibitor to the growth and expansion America’s charter school sector.

National Alliance October Newsletter

October 14, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

Charters work. That’s the direct, powerful message at the heart of our latest campaign on behalf of charter public school parents and students. It’s a message leaders of major institutions need to hear.

Founding a School: Here’s What to Buy First

October 13, 2016 | by Nicole Neal |

Starting a school can be thrilling, inspiring, fulfilling, and worthwhile–but I doubt it’s ever been easy. For charter school founders, in particular, there can be a steep learning curve when it comes to nailing down the operations of the school and the vast array of purchases needed to make the school run.  

The New Model Law: A Tool for Advancing a Strong Charter School Sector

October 12, 2016 | by Alex Medler |

The charter school movement includes a lot of very reasonable people. Case in point, last week the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the latest version of the model charter school law. Like its predecessor, this is an important and pragmatic document. Just as the original model law has been instrumental in the growth and success of the charter school movement, this more...

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.

Celebrating the 2009 Model Charter School Law

October 04, 2016 | by Russ Simnick |

Tomorrow the National Alliance is releasing a new charter school model law to serve as a resource for state legislators and advocates as they design and implement charter laws. Today we celebrate the accomplishments of the previous model law with our Senior Director of State Advocacy Russ Simnick.

Building Better Narratives in Black Education

September 19, 2016 | by Robert Reed |

On September 15th, I attended an event hosted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), National Urban League, and the Education Post to showcase the release of their joint report, “Building Better Narratives in Black Education.” The event provided a forum within which African American leaders, including Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF President and CEO, and Marc Morial, President and CEO of the...

National Alliance September Newsletter

September 15, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

Happy New School Year! The late summer always brings excitement and anticipation, as students and teachers head back to the classroom. I love reading stories about charter public school students starting their new school year – some in a brand new school.

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