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Don't Forget the Motor City!!

November 17, 2010 | by Nelson Smith |

At a DC symposium on Wednesday, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan once again called Detroit "arguably the worst" school system in the country, and "Ground Zero" for education reform. The good news is city leaders are finally putting money and muscle into turning the situation around. Here's a specific date to watch: February 1, 2011. That's when proposals to open new high schools in the fall...

California Charter School Growth Ushers in New Public Education Era

November 11, 2010 | by Jed Wallace |

This is a historic time for charter schools in California. Despite tough economic times, charter supporters continue to turn their commitment into opportunities for thousands of students and families seeking more options in public education.

Klein Moves On

November 09, 2010 | by Nelson Smith |

Joel Klein is resigning as chancellor of the New York City school system. In eight years as leader of that mammoth organization, Joel Klein showed what decisiveness looks like. He closed chronically failing schools despite clamorous opposition; he invited top-performing charter operators to open up shop in the city’s toughest neighborhoods, and made them an example for their district...

Another Mid-Term Victory

November 03, 2010 | by Peter C. Groff |

Whatever your thoughts about the mid-term elections, it’s clear we will have many new faces in state capitols, governors’ mansions and at the U.S. Capitol. The vast majority of these newly-elected people were not voted in purely on an education platform. However, many of them ran in part as education reformers, and on a night where seemingly everyone was concerned about red and blue, it was the...

Alliance's "Charter Law Rankings Report" Gets Nod From NACSA

October 20, 2010 | by Nelson Smith |

Yesterday in Scottsdale AZ, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers announced that How State Charter Laws Rank Against The New Model Public Charter School Law, by Todd Ziebarth and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, is the 2010 recipient of the NACSA Award for Excellence in Advancing Knowledge.

Bridging Differences, Fudging Facts

October 12, 2010 | by Nelson Smith |

Diane Ravitch has finally hit bottom in her bout with OCD (Obsessive Charter Disorder). In her current Education Week blog she grumps at “Waiting for Superman” for failing to feature successful public (sic) schools and schoolteachers, and then responds by listing six bad things she’s learned recently about charter schools. Her argument is basically that of Pee-Wee Herman: "I know you are, but...

Vote for a Hero

October 04, 2010 | by Debbie Veney Robinson |

People magazine is in the midst of its Readers' Choice Hero Campaign. The campaign identifies nine inspirational stories that were featured in People this year, and gives the public a chance to vote for their favorite. If you've got a minute, check it out; the campaign ends Friday, Oct. 8. These are some awe-inspiring stories about some pretty amazing folks. Many of their stories involve helping...

Reward Me for Being Excellent?

September 26, 2010 | by Brooks Garber |

While there has been a lot of discussion about the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) since its first appropriations in 2006, there hasn’t been any new funding to make new awards. Late last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced 62 new TIF grantees! KUDOS to all the winners, but an ESPECIALLY BIG PAT ON THE BACK to the 13 awardees who use charters in their application: Achievement First,...

Teachers Are Giving 'Em Something to Talk About

September 21, 2010 | by Debbie Veney Robinson |

Education reform is on everybody's lips, and just about everybody has an idea for making schools better. The discourse is dominated by elected officials (or hopefuls), policy folks, academicians and researchers. And although we've heard plenty from the teachers unions, teachers themselves haven't really much of a platform. So, I was fascinated to learn about this new project called VIVA (Vision...

Oprah Gives Millions for Charter Children

September 20, 2010 | by Peter C. Groff |

Charter schools just got the gift of a lifetime. Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey gave out the last Oprah’s Angel Network grants – and the recipients were all charter schools. How’s that for going out with a bang?

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