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Finally, the “ Waiting for Superman” Is Over

September 19, 2010 | by Peter C. Groff |

This has been whirlwind week for education reform. "Superman" is finally here. It will be the topic of the Oprah show today, and I'm told there are some big surprises coming for a group of great charter schools. Time magazine devoted a cover to this issue last week, and last Wednesday night I went to the Washington, D.C. premier of “Waiting for Superman,” a new documentary about some of the major...

Guest Blog: Study Shows Indianapolis Charter Success at Key Moment in Movement’s History

September 16, 2010 | by Russ Simnick |

Indianapolis charter school performance will be carefully scrutinized in the upcoming battle for scarce dollars for education funding when Indiana begins to draft its two-year budget in January. The National Center on School Choice’s report by Anna Nicotera, "Charter School Effects in an Urban School District: An Analysis of Student Achievement Gains in Indianapolis", comes at a perfect time to...

Turning Over the Teacher Turnover Question

September 13, 2010 | by Nelson Smith |

More teachers leave charters than leave district-run schools – a familiar phenomenon that’s currently drawing a flurry of research scrutiny. The sector usually contends that turnover is to be expected in start-ups, and that the numbers are really driven by terminations of ineffective teachers. Not so fast, said a recent DOE study, blogged by colleague Anna Nicotera: salary and working conditions...

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