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Conference Countdown: Qualms about the Common Core

June 16, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

Have you heard talk in recent months about how the push for Common Core adoption might result in assessment or curricular requirements that will stifle charter school autonomy over academic decisions? Are you wondering if these concerns are valid and how they might be addressed? In a mere four days, Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies for the American Enterprise...

Conference Countdown: Quality Authorizing

June 15, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

National Charter School Conference (NCSC) attendees are just five days away from an informative session on the importance of quality authorizing. Join Charter School Hall of Fame Inductees Josephine Baker (DC Charter Public School Board) and Jim Goenner (National Charter Schools Institute) for a discussion about the ways authorizing can be a catalyst for getting more great schools for our...

Conference Countdown: Lessons from Veteran Charter School Leaders

June 13, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

In just one week, National Charter School Conference (NCSC) attendees will have the opportunity to gather lessons learned from leaders some of the most established and highest performing charter networks in the country. Charter School Hall of Fame Inductees Mike Feinberg (Co-founder of KIPP), Yvonne Chan (Principal of Vaughn Next Century Learning Center) and Don Shalvey (Founder of Aspire Public...

New Keynote Speaker Announced for 2011 NCSC!

June 09, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

The NAPCS is thrilled to announce that President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, has just been added to the star-studded keynote speakers lineup at the 2011 National Charter Schools Conference (NCSC).

US Congress Holds Hearing on Charter Schools: The Highlights

June 07, 2011 | by Celia Alicata |

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education held a hearing titled “Education Reforms: Exploring the Vital Role of Charter Schools.” Expert witnesses discussed a range of topics and answered questions from Members of the committee about how charter schools serve the local communities and special populations; the...

Wisconsin Public Charter Schools Gain Access to Public Buildings

May 26, 2011 | by Todd Ziebarth |

This week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed SB 20 into law, an important piece of legislation that will increase public charter school access to surplus district school buildings in Milwaukee. What is most significant about SB 20 is that it transfers the ownership and decision-making about these surplus buildings from the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to the City of Milwaukee. Not...

The Truth About Myths

May 25, 2011 | by Nora Kern |

Paul Farhi’s recent WaPo piece, “Five myths about America’s schools,” has created a swirl of opposition in the blogosphere (seehere, here, and here for starters). To add a little more fuel to the fire, I’ll briefly weigh in on “myth #4: Charter schools are the answer.”

Nearly 20 Percent of the Top 100 U.S. Public High-Schools are Charters

May 25, 2011 | by Diana Ozemebhoya |

The Washington Post on Monday released a list of the highest-performing public high schools in the nation based upon a special index that measures how effective a school prepares its students for college. The “High School Challenge” index named the top 1900 public high schools in the nation—we’re proud to announce 18 public charter schools were among the top 100:

In the Area of Nutrition, Charters Are Getting It Done

May 22, 2011 | by Celia Alicata |

A few weeks ago, the Education and Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was signed into law in November by President Obama. Outspoken district food service leaders decried the USDA’s proposed rule that the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs align nutrition standards with national dietary guidelines saying it...

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...

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