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Lessons from IDEA Toros Prepare Charter School Graduate for Future

June 06, 2018 | by Victor Medellin |

Victor Medellin - IDEA Toros

This is a speech by Victor Medellin, a 2018 IDEA Toros Graduate. Victor will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan University in the fall.

Being a Charter School Kid Sets Graduate up for Future

June 05, 2018 | by Aremy Tirado |

The name’s Tirado, Aremy Tirado. Recently I had my last day of high school at Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus, and looking back on all four years of blood, sweat, and tears, I found that being a “charter school kid” consisted of being socially aware, being held to higher standards as a result of the rigorous academics, and being part of a tight-knit community.

Former Minnesota Charter School Teacher on Need for Facilities Funding

June 04, 2018 | by Fiona Sheridan-McIver |

The first time I stepped foot into my classroom at Achieve Language Academy, an independent public charter school in St. Paul, MN, I didn’t put much thought into how many factors had to align for me to be teaching in that particular classroom in that particular building. As a first-year teacher, I was consumed with developing engaging activities, aligning curriculum, getting to know the little...

School Choice: A Right, not a Privilege

June 01, 2018 | by Carlos J. Avent |

In January 2011, an Ohio mother was convicted and sentenced for falsifying her residency records to send her children to a better school district.

Data Quality Matters and Data Reporting Errors Have Real Consequences

June 01, 2018 | by Kevin Hesla |

Parents, policy makers, and stakeholders rely on research and data and to help them make decisions, allocate resources, and develop new programs, laws, and policies—all with the intention of improving student outcomes and opportunities. 

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School

May 31, 2018 | by Kat Sullivan |

In today’s increasingly global economy, students need to be prepared for a future that is unknown. Yu Ying–nurturing excellence in Chinese–was founded in 2008 by a small group of parents who believed all D.C. children have the right to a quality education that opens doors to that unknown future. As the only public school in Washington, D.C., to offer Mandarin Chinese immersion, Yu Ying offers...

National Alliance Monthly News May 2018

May 30, 2018 | by Nina Rees |


On Friday, May 18, tragedy struck Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas. More than 40 people have been killed at schools in 2018. As Texas native Kelly Clarkson eloquently noted on the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, moments of silence have run their course and it’s time for “a moment of action.”

A Road to Cultural Prosperity

May 30, 2018 | by Jamison White |

Nearly all of mankind’s greatest achievements emerged from cross-cultural enlightenment. The Silk Road, for example, stood as a cultural bridge between Asia and Europe and for the belief that such cultural, technological, and philosophical exchange generated prosperity for all of humanity. This extraordinary route symbolized the axiomatic truth that global cooperation led to mankind’s...

The Magnificent Seven

May 30, 2018 | by Briana Gilchrist |

The Magnificent Seven, doesn’t that sound like a super hero group? While they are not super heroes, they may very well be the military leaders of tomorrow. Currently, every state can nominate 25-30 cadets into the United States Military Service Academies who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. In Utah, one school holds seven of these prestigious nominations. The Utah State...

Mental Health Awareness Month Q & A

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools asked 10 rapid fire questions to a mental health specialist get a better understanding of the importance of mental health in student’s lives.LaShanda McGowan, the interim school social worker at Democracy Prep Agassi elementary campus, gives her insight on mental health awareness and practices in...

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