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The Purpose of the Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws Report

February 08, 2018 | by Todd Ziebarth |

Two weeks ago, we released our Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws—the ninth edition of this report. Upon the release of this year’s report, a few individuals have questioned the rankings because of the inclusion of the five states that have most recently come into the charter school family: Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, and Washington. The...

New model law from the National Alliance acknowledges the elephant in the room: Virtual charter schools

October 21, 2016 | by Chad L. Aldis and Jessica Poiner |

Ohio’s charter school movement has faced a number of challenges over the past decade. A myriad of school closings and allegations of financial misconduct contributed to it being dubbed the Wild, Wild West of charter schools. Making matters worse, a comprehensive analysis in 2014 by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) found that, on average, Ohio charter...

Facilities: A Thorny Issue for Charter Schools

October 17, 2016 | by Terry Ryan |

Ask any charter public school leader in the United States the thorniest issues they have to overcome in opening and running a great school and you will inevitably hear about facility challenges. Bottom line - the lack of affordable school facilities are a serious inhibitor to the growth and expansion America’s charter school sector.

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.

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