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CCSA’s "Portrait of the Movement" Report Gets National Recognition

October 26, 2011 | by Jed Wallace |

NAPCS supports the work by the California Charter Schools Association, and others in the field, to advance the accountability of the public charter school sector. We encourage others to follow CCSA’s lead by setting high performance expectations for the public charter schools in your state. This week, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) presented the California Charter...

Great and Still Striving

October 25, 2011 | by Anna Nicotera |

Yesterday we wrote about positive results from the UCSD meta analysis of charter schools research. The results deserve applause; there is no doubt about that. Further, the results charter schools are experiencing in big cities are truly remarkable. In areas like NYC, Boston, and Chicago that have been the focus of studies, public charter schools are producing very large positive results, results...

The Results Are In…

October 24, 2011 | by Anna Nicotera |

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the opening of the first charter school, we’re at a critical moment for reflection. Many are understandably asking: are charters performing any better than their traditional public school counterparts? There have been a number of conflicting studies on charter school performance, with some receiving a fair share of attention over the past several years. ...

Charter School Bond History: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

October 17, 2011 | by Maria Sazon |

The Charter School Bond Issuance: A Complete History, published by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), provides a comprehensive analysis of the more than $5 billion in tax-exempt bond transactions undertaken by roughly 400 public charter schools, from the first bond offering in 1998 through 2010.

Record Breaking

October 16, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

The Guinness World Records was founded on the premise that collecting the superlative facts of the world would help us understand our place within it. Today, the NAPCS releases its annual report of the public school districts with the biggest and fastest growth in the charter school sector. A Growing Movement: American’s Largest Charter School Communities finds that a record number of public...

The Indy 1,000,000

October 10, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

The Mind Trust is looking for teams of great people to start public charter schools in Indianapolis, and they're offering up to $1 million for folks who can make it happen! For more information, check out The Mind Trust’s Charter School Incubator page. If you’re interested in learning more about charter schools in Indiana (or nationally), you can find detailed information about network operators,...

Chartering The Course: California Charter Schools Show Narrowing of African American Student Achievement Gap

October 05, 2011 | by Jed Wallace |

One of the most pressing issues of our time is the achievement gap between African American students and their White and Asian peers. There is hope however for African American families in California that their children can find quality educational options to meet their needs.

D.C. Study Deserves Cheers NOT Jeers

August 18, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

On her WaPo blog, Valerie Strauss bemoans the D.C. government’s recent commission of a study by the Illinois Facilities Fund, which examines how D.C. neighborhoods are served by the public education system. According to the related article, D.C. has more than 40 traditional schools with less than 300 students apiece. The study will be used to help officials decide which schools should be closed...

NYC Charter School Accountability Made Interactive

August 16, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

We mentioned that the New York State Education Department released the 2010-2011 school year Mathematics and English Language Arts test results for third through eighth graders. And now there are additional resources for charter school data enthusiasts. The NYC Charter School Center has released an analysis and interactive feature about the city’s charter schools’ performance. If you’re looking...

Historic Approval Rating for Public Charter Schools

August 16, 2011 | by NAPCS Pressroom |

According to the Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa International Poll released today, public charter schools garnered a 70 percent approval rating—the highest recorded since the question was first asked 10 years ago.

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