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Even Superheroes Want to Attend Charter Schools!

August 15, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

A three page preview of the upcoming issue of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1 features the young hero who wants to enroll in a public charter school. Like all students, this rising hero deserves a chance to enroll in a high-performing public school. However, charter school enrollment is based on an explicit number of seats determined by the charter school’s board and authorizer. When more...

Ohio Takes a Step in the Right Direction by Requiring Transparency

August 10, 2011 | by Peter C. Groff |

Ten Ohio public charter schools are in the process of completely severing ties with a private charter management company that has been under intense scrutiny for mismanaging the schools’ funds. The resolution of this dispute will allow charter school leaders to focus on quality, which is seen in student achievement, and other pivotal issues like cultivating a collaborative culture for parents,...

Public Charter Schools Engage Students and Empower Teachers

August 08, 2011 | by Peter C. Groff |

Anyone who is serious about improving the quality of public education should support the incredible contributions of public charter schools, which are proving in community after community that all kids can learn and achieve.

Forget Broadway…Charter Schools are the Place for Great Performances in New York

August 08, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

This week, the New York State Education Department released the 2010-2011 school year Mathematics and English Language Arts test results for third through eighth graders. The results are positive for public charter schools, which continue to have a (dramatically!) higher percentage of students that meet or exceed state performance standards than the percentages of their respective school...

How Do Charters Find Great Leaders?

July 21, 2011 | by Peter C. Groff |

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) understands supporting the growing number of high-quality charter schools takes a huge commitment. It means finding and developing a great number of talented leaders. At NAPCS, we think we can help by sharing some of the promising practices in place at public charter schools across the country. “ASSESS, Coordinate, Execute: How to ACE an...

Another Big Thing Out Of Texas: Public Charter Schools Are Now Entitled to the Permanent School Fund (PSF) Guarantee!

July 20, 2011 | by Maria Sazon |

On July 19, Governor Rick Perry signed into law Senate Bill 1, giving financially-sound public charter schools access to the state’s Permanent School Fund (PSF) bond guarantee. This will help schools construct and renovate school buildings. PSF is the state’s $25 billion, AAA rated endowment. Bonds with the PSF-guarantee will be rated AAA—the highest possible credit rating—saving charter schools...

Keeping up with the Joneses: Charter Schools in Suburbia

July 19, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

This weekend, the New York Times ran an article about proposed charter schools in suburban areas. While Fordham’sFlypaper blog comments on the choice and financial issues in the article, we’re taking on the “trendiness” issue in the article. The influx of charter schools in suburban areas is framed as such:

CMO Recipes for Success

July 14, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

A recently released analysis, Unlocking the Secrets of High-Performing Charters, states that while there is no “secret sauce” that explains the success demonstrated by the 18 “no excuses” charter management organizations (CMOs) in the New Schools Venture Fund portfolio, there are common ingredients. Like contestants in Iron Chef, these CMOs all use the same ingredients: a laser focus on literacy...

Education Reform, Clint Eastwood Style

July 05, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

Are you sick of policy rankings that bury their comparisons in endless text? Well this interactive map from the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) is about as straightforward as they come. It sorts nine reform categories, including standards, data systems and student achievement into three tiers: the good, the bad and the ugly.

“A Decade of Results: Charter School Loan and Operating Performance,” Lending to Charter Schools Pays Off

June 19, 2011 | by Maria Sazon |

A Decade of Results: Charter School Loan and Operating Performance is an industry-wide study of 430 charter school loans, both outstanding and paid off, from 2000-2009. The study, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP and funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, examined loans that totaled $1.2 billion and were made by 15 lenders to 336 schools. The lenders are mostly community development...

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