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The Charter Blog

Founding a School: Here’s What to Buy First

October 13, 2016 | by Nicole Neal |

Starting a school can be thrilling, inspiring, fulfilling, and worthwhile–but I doubt it’s ever been easy. For charter school founders, in particular, there can be a steep learning curve when it comes to nailing down the operations of the school and the vast array of purchases needed to make the school run.  

The New Model Law: A Tool for Advancing a Strong Charter School Sector

October 12, 2016 | by Alex Medler |

The charter school movement includes a lot of very reasonable people. Case in point, last week the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the latest version of the model charter school law. Like its predecessor, this is an important and pragmatic document. Just as the original model law has been instrumental in the growth and success of the charter school movement, this more...

A Model Law For Supporting the Growth of High-Quality Charter Public Schools: Second Edition

October 05, 2016 | by Todd Ziebarth |

This morning, we released a major new report, A Model Law For Supporting the Growth of High-Quality Charter Public Schools: Second Edition.

Celebrating the 2009 Model Charter School Law

October 04, 2016 | by Russ Simnick |

Tomorrow the National Alliance is releasing a new charter school model law to serve as a resource for state legislators and advocates as they design and implement charter laws. Today we celebrate the accomplishments of the previous model law with our Senior Director of State Advocacy Russ Simnick.

Building Better Narratives in Black Education

September 19, 2016 | by Robert Reed |

On September 15th, I attended an event hosted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), National Urban League, and the Education Post to showcase the release of their joint report, “Building Better Narratives in Black Education.” The event provided a forum within which African American leaders, including Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF President and CEO, and Marc Morial, President and CEO of the...

National Alliance September Newsletter

September 15, 2016 | by Nina Rees |

Happy New School Year! The late summer always brings excitement and anticipation, as students and teachers head back to the classroom. I love reading stories about charter public school students starting their new school year – some in a brand new school.

Connecticut Parents Say, "No More."

August 31, 2016 | by Jennifer Alexander |

Last week, a group of Connecticut parents and children filed a federal lawsuit to fight for the kind of education students deserve but have been repeatedly denied.

Texas' Great IDEA - The Founders

August 30, 2016 | by Richard Whitmire |

The Founders: Inside the revolution to invent (and reinvent) America's best charter schools by Richard Whitmire was published on The 74's website on August 30, 2016. Below is one of our favorite excerpts from the book. Keep reading to learn about the founding of the 2016 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools winner, IDEA Public Schools.

How Charter School Leaders Improved Their Approaches to Discipline

August 29, 2016 | by Mukta Pandit and Alex Medler |

In the debate about charter school discipline, the voices of people who work in charter schools deserve more attention. Many charter school leaders have improved their approach to discipline to help more kids learn while reducing exclusionary practices like suspension and expulsion.

The Negativity's Not Working: Public Support for Charter Schools Remains High

August 23, 2016 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

 As parents are getting backpacks ready and kids are heading off for another school year, there are tons of stories on social media about their excitement (okay, maybe not for every kid), their love for their school and general school spirit. I’m sure this is true for students at all kinds of schools – district public, charter public, and private.

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