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What Works in U.S. Charter Schools Translates Across the Pond

May 22, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

Former head of the New York City Charter Schools Office Michael T. Duffy, recently wrote an article comparing similarities between the models and challenges faced by British Free Schools and U.S. charter schools. Free Schools, a policy centerpiece of the Conservative-Liberal coalition in the UK, enable parents, teachers, charities and businesses to set up schools in England. The first free...

Midnight in Georgia

May 19, 2011 | by Nelson Smith |

Pretty amazing week. Charter School Hall of Famer John King was named New York State education commissioner; New Schools Venture Fund’s Summit 2011 brought the "edurati" together for another exhilarating brainfest; liberal icon Howard Deandeclared charters “the future”; the UFT and NYC’s NAACP chapter filed another lawsuit to block closure of failing schools and co-locations with charters; and...

Guest Blog: Rally at the Georgia State Capitol in Support of Georgia Charter Schools Commission

May 17, 2011 | by Tony Roberts |

Nearly 500 charter schools supporters rallied on the front steps of the Georgia State Capitol Building on Tuesday, May 17, in support of the 16 charter schools approved by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, an entity that was ruled unconstitutional by four of the seven judges on the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday.

National Charter Schools Week Round Up

May 09, 2011 | by Sarah Johnson |

Thanks to all who joined us in celebrating charters during the 12th annual National Charter Schools Week!

Celebrations, Proclamations and Acknowledgements of National Charter Schools Week

May 03, 2011 | by Sarah Johnson |

President Obama officially proclaimed May 1 through May 7 to be National Charter Schools Week saying, “In communities across our country, successful public charter schools help put children on the path to academic excellence by harnessing the power of new ideas, ground-breaking strategies and the collective involvement of students, parents, teachers and administrators. During National Charter...

It’s Advocacy Day – National Charter Schools Week Continues

May 02, 2011 | by Sarah Johnson |

Today a core group of charter school advocates join NAPCS staff members in meetings on Capitol Hill, but all of us can take part in advocacy today - whether or not we’re in Washington.

U.S. Rep. Kline Recognizes National Charter Schools Week

May 02, 2011 | by NAPCS Pressroom |

U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) released the following statement in recognition of National Charter Schools Week (May 1st – May 7th):

Happy National Charter Schools Week

May 01, 2011 | by Sarah Johnson |

Activities for National Charter Schools Week 2011 are well underway! In Washington we’ll be celebrating the announcement of the 2011 Champions for Charters and meeting with the largest group of charter school advocates from schools and charter support organizations ever assembled for this week. On Tuesday May 3rd, we will be conducting an Online Advocacy Day. We will be urging people throughout...

Washingtonian Disses Board, Misses Point

March 14, 2011 | by Nelson Smith |

It’s good to see the GAO’s new report giving a high-five to my alma mater, the DC Public Charter School Board. The PCSB is a standard-setter in its field, recognized as such by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

Money can’t buy success. Or explain failure.

March 10, 2011 | by Nelson Smith |

I recently suggested to a group of education researchers they should develop some kind of algorithm to inflate charter school test scores according to each state’s gap in public funding between charters and district-run schools. I was kidding, but trying to acknowledge an elephant in the room. Whatever charter schools are accomplishing, they’re doing it on far less than district schools. Yet,...

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