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The Charter Blog

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,...

Are You Walking Away from a Chance for Funds?

March 03, 2011 | by Nelson Smith |

It’s well-established charter schools get less public funding than their district counterparts. But charters may also be ignoring some competitive-funding opportunities.

David Kearns

March 01, 2011 | by Nelson Smith |

We lost a giant last weekend. David Kearns blazed a trail of innovation as CEO of Xerox and then answered a plea from former President George H.W. Bush to serve as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education. There, among many other accomplishments, he created New American Schools, the non-profit that fostered “whole-school” models such as Expeditionary Learning and Modern Red Schoolhouse – and in doing...

Dr. Tell? Don't Ask!

February 27, 2011 | by Nelson Smith |

One of the advantages of reading the news online is that you get reader comments too. That helps when a curious piece appears – as in the case of one Shawgi Tell, Ph.D., who reminded Rochester readers of some “overlooked facts” about charter schools in a Saturday op-ed. Facts such as “Many principals at charter schools lack the same credentials as their counterparts in traditional public schools”...

California's Portrait of the Movement - A Closer Look At Charter School Academic Performance

February 24, 2011 | by Jed Wallace |

Education reform has taken center stage in many debates around the nation over the past couple of years, as parents, students and communities demand better educational outcomes for all students from public schools.

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