The Charter Blog

The Charter Blog

From a Border Town to Brown: How IDEA Public Schools Helped Pave the Path

May 01, 2017 | by Michael Mireles |

This month, beginning with National Charter Schools Week, we will feature stories from charter school graduates from across the country. Check back every day to see a new student feature in our 30 Days of Grad series. Today, we kick off 30 Days of Grad with an essay from a 2017 graduate of the 2016 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools winner, IDEA Public Schools. 

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Did you know ... Charter Schools are Public Schools?

May 01, 2017 | by National Alliance |

Did you know that charter schools are public schools?

Big Wins for Students and Families

March 27, 2017 | by Nina Rees |

Last week was full of great news for students and families!

Charter Schools Can Help Renew America’s Cities

March 21, 2017 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

One thing is clear, today’s parents want, and expect, to choose their child’s public school. As this expectation has emerged and solidified in the last couple of decades with the availability of charter schools, a body of research has grown around the impact that a parent’s choice has on their student’s academic performance. Improving school outcomes for students is the obvious rationale for...

National Alliance March Newsletter

March 20, 2017 | by Nina Rees |

Last week, President Trump released his first budget blueprint. We were pleased that it calls for an increase of $168 million in charter school funding for fiscal year 2018. This would give a major boost to efforts to open more charter schools, and we will be working closely with the administration and Congress to make this part of the president’s funding plan a reality.

Chicago Charter Schools Are Bridging the City’s College Divide

March 10, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

A college degree matters more than ever in today’s economy, and bridging the gap in college enrollment isn’t just an equity issue—it’s also an economic development issue. According to a recent report from Georgetown University, virtually all of the 11.6 million new jobs that have been created since the great recession have gone to workers with at least some college education and 72 percent of...

Opportunity Knocks as Bill Arrives to Governor McAuliffe's Desk

March 08, 2017 | by Don Soifer |

Virginia’s legislature approved a plan last month which, if signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, would create a new pathway for the approval of charter schools in areas with persistently struggling schools.

More Than de Minimis

March 01, 2017 | by Nia Davis |

Have you ever stood on a slab of frozen marble for three hours? My boss and I have. You see, though beautiful, the marble that constitutes the steps and columns of the Supreme Court of the United States are cold in January.

Ohio Charter Schools Face Major Facilities Challenges

February 23, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

During the 2014-15 school year, the National Charter School Resource Center, the Colorado League of Charter Schools (the League), the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools collaborated to collect data and information about charter school facilities and facilities expenditures in the state of Ohio. A recently released report, An Analysis...

National Alliance February Newsletter

February 22, 2017 | by Nina Rees |
Our country is experiencing increased uncertainty, even anxiety, about our commitment to embracing diversity, welcoming people from different backgrounds, and remaining open to viewpoints different from our own. It’s time to reaffirm what we value as a movement.

Last week, as the nation continued its celebration of Black History Month, the National Alliance brought the diversity of the...

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