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National Alliance 2016 Year in Review

December 29, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

We’ve nearly reached the end of 2016! At times, it’s felt like an endurance race – bearing the loss of treasured icons, or slogging through a presidential election that tried everyone’s patience. But there have been lots of reasons to celebrate, too. I’ve pulled together a few of this year’s highlights below.

Washington, D.C. as a Classroom - The National Air and Space Museum

December 07, 2016 | by Patricia Guidetti |

Washington, D.C. is more than a center of political power- it is also a vibrant and diverse city with a rich history. Our nation’s capital has limitless learning opportunities and as an educator, I hope you will immerse yourself in the historic sites, nature centers, and theaters while you’re here for our National Charter Schools Conference in June. Bringing Washington, D.C. into your...

Branding Your School for Success

December 07, 2016 | by REACTOR |

We all know that charter public schools are unlike district-run public schools in that we’re able to focus on a specific educational objective. We also know that being a charter school means that the structure and funding is different as well, often setting up challenges for us to be able to attract both top-notch teachers and students.

National Alliance November Newsletter

November 16, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

The outcome of last week’s presidential election has now been analyzed by more people than any other election in recent history. In addition to political pundits puzzling over Donald Trump’s surprise victory, educators are also trying to make sense of an election that didn’t focus on education but certainly reaffirms the importance of teaching civics and character education. As Robert...

Nuevos Resultados de NAEP Muestran que Escuelas Charters Tienen Beneficio Para Estudiantes Hispanos

October 31, 2016 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

Han pasado seis años desde que el National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) divulgó los resultados de su evaluación de ciencias delos estudiantes de 4to grado y de 12o grado y cuatro años para la evaluación de los estudiantes de 8o grado. Como la mayoría de las divulgaciones de NAEP, hay algunas buenas noticias y algunas malas.  Desde 2009, los estudiantes de 4to grado y 8o grado han...

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.  

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