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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...

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!

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