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My First Day of (Charter) School

October 25, 2017 | by Jake Lee |

In my first six months of working as a Communications and Marketing Assistant at the National Alliance, I have supported numerous initiatives in efforts to improve the charter school movement. I have enjoyed my time working on projects such as National Charter Schools Week, our National Charter Schools Conference, and other national campaigns like our annual #Back2School week, but none were as...

Espiritu Charter Schools Exemplify Student Leadership in their Instruction

October 11, 2017 | by Adrian Ruiz |

Over the next four weeks, the National Alliance will feature a compilation of blogs and stories to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the 30 percent of students attending public charter schools of Hispanic descent. Check back between Friday, September 15 and Friday, October 13 to see new features in our #HispanicHeritageMonth. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in...

Leap In, Get Stuck, Push Through

October 05, 2017 | by Odyssey School of Denver |

The first few weeks of school are an exciting time at Odyssey School of Denver, a K-8 public charter school with an Expeditionary Learning curriculum, as teachers focus their beginning-of-year efforts on building “crew,” or homeroom, culture. Students agree on new crew courtesies to support each other, participate in overnight adventure trips to build peer and teacher connections, and begin to...

2017 Charter School Grants Implement ESSA Flexibility—Finally!

September 29, 2017 | by Christy Wolfe |

Almost two years after the reauthorization of ESEA, improvements made to the Charter Schools Program (CSP) in response to our advocacy are finally going into effect. On September 28, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the first round of CSP Grants to State Entities, as well as Replication and Expansion Grants (CMO), and Credit Enhancement facilities funding.

September Monthly Update

September 27, 2017 | by Nina Rees |

It’s back to school season! Some of you have been back in class for more than a month. Others got started more recently. And for many schools affected by the recent hurricanes, the start of the new school year has been difficult and chaotic. But as we approach the end of September, I hope you all are energized and engaged for the year ahead!

Charter School Program (CSP) Funding Update from Washington

September 27, 2017 | by Ron Rice |

President Trump and Congress agreed to extend current government funding through December 8th, but where does that leave education priorities for this year and next? The House and Senate have both made progress in moving legislation that includes FY18 funding for the Charter Schools Program (CSP)—the House passed legislation that includes $370 million and the Senate bill includes $367.2...

Key Findings from CREDO’s CMO Study

September 26, 2017 | by National Alliance |

This summer, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released their latest report on charter school networks and management organizations. CREDO’s study utilizes student-level data from 25 states and Washington D.C. to determine the average rate of math and reading growth for 240 Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) and 54 Vendor Operated School Networks (VOS Networks) between...

Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools

September 20, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

David Griffith, Senior Research and Policy Associate at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, has released a new study that analyzes teacher absenteeism in public schools amidst renewed interest in this public policy issue as states formulate and submit their new ESSA accountability plans. Many states plan on using chronic student absenteeism as a measure of school quality—but what (this study...

AP for all: IDEA Public Schools in San Antonio Gives all Students Access to Advanced Placement Courses

September 19, 2017 | by San Antonio Charter Moms |

Over the next four weeks, the National Alliance will feature a compilation of blogs and stories to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the 30 percent of students attending public charter schools of Hispanic descent. Check back between Friday, September 15 and Friday, October 13 to see new features in our #HispanicHeritageMonth. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in...

Where Would I Be Without DACA?

September 18, 2017 | by Luz, Alumna from KIPP Bay Area Schools |

Over the next four weeks, the National Alliance will feature a compilation of blogs and stories to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the 30 percent of students attending public charter schools of Hispanic descent. Check back between Friday, September 15 and Friday, October 13 to see new features in our #HispanicHeritageMonth. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in...

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