The Charter Blog

The Charter Blog

Charter Public Schools and Students Are Big Winners with ESSA Passage

December 11, 2015 | by NAPCS Pressroom |

It’s a big week for education reform! After years of discussion about how to improve the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with large bipartisan majorities in both chambers and President Obama signed the bill into law yesterday.

5 Questions for the Presidential Candidates

November 09, 2015 | by Nina Rees |

As a policy geek, I love presidential debate season. The candidates offer a host of ideas – some new, some old – and we the voters decide which ideas hold the most potential for solving our nation’s big challenges. But as an education advocate and a mom, I’ve been disappointed in this year’s debates. Education has received virtually no air time, despite its major significance to our country’s...

Six Presidential Candidates Talk Education in New Hampshire

August 19, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Today six Republican candidates—former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker—will gather in New Hampshire to discuss education issues at 2015 Education Summits. Hosted by The Seventy Four, a non-profit, non-partisan news website focused on education, the...

Hawaii Expands Pre-K to Charter Schools

August 17, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Four public charter schools in Hawaii will say “Aloha!” to pre-K students this year, thanks to a new federal Preschool Development Grant. The $14.8 million grant will allow 18 charter schools to offer pre-K over the next four years.

Report Examines the Role of a Charter School Model in Turning around Failing Schools

August 05, 2015 | by Christy Wolfe |

The latest efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), H.R. 5 and S. 1177, have passed the House and Senate, but the issue of accountability for intervening in low-performing schools is far-from settled. While both bills require states to measure student academic achievement, states are not required to intervene in struggling schools based on those results. And while...

Charter Schools Win with the Senate Passage of S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act

July 16, 2015 | by Gina Mahony |

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with a vote of 81-17. The National Alliance issued a statement on the bill’s passage.

DFER’s Marianne Lombardo Gets It Right about Brown Amendment to ECAA

July 16, 2015 | by Heather Reams |

As I read the news clips today, I had to pause and applaud DFER’s Marianne Lombardo and her article she published today on DFER’s blog about Senator Sherrod Brown’s amendment that would have, in the words of Lombardo, “crush[ed] public charter schools.” The National Alliance had deep concerns about this amendment. We were glad to see that it didn’t make it far in consideration. Regardless, it’s...

The Every Child Achieves Act Update

July 14, 2015 | by Gina Mahony |

Consistent with our views expressed to the Senate, the National Alliance strongly supports the provisions under the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) that preserve the annual assessment requirements under current law, including the test participation requirements which will help hold schools accountable for results and provide clear information to parents about school performance.

ESEA Update

July 13, 2015 | by Gina Mahony |

Last week, Congress made great progress on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Here’s a brief summary.

High Hopes on Capitol Hill

July 09, 2015 | by Gina Mahony |

It’s an exciting time for education advocates in Washington, D.C. – after seven years of fits and starts, Congress is truly making progress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), otherwise known as No Child Left Behind. This effort is long overdue.

Subscribe for Blog Updates