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It’s Absurd to Suggest that Parents Choosing Charter Schools Caused the Pension Debt Crisis

March 23, 2016 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

Many of our cities are in a state of crisis—just ask the residents of Flint, Michigan. Some cities have filed for bankruptcy protection and others would if they were not constitutionally barred from doing so. A recent article in US News points to one of the major contributing culprits to these crises: underfunded public pensions that are on the brink of insolvency. The total unfunded liability...

Don’t Let the Headlines Fool You: Discipline in Charter Schools

March 18, 2016 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

This week in Denver, there is a fantastic academic conference happening with super smart people trying to figure out the most pressing issues in education. The papers at this conference are typically peer-reviewed research that can be a bit complicated for a general audience. In fact, there is an entire session devoted to school discipline, where in-depth papers titled “Finding a Systemic Remedy...

Discipline in Charter Schools: There’s More to the Story

March 17, 2016 | by NAPCS Pressroom |

This week, the Civil Rights Project at UCLA came out with a report on charter and traditional public schools’ discipline practices. The Civil Rights Project has a track record of being critical of charter schools, and it was no surprise that the report cast a negative light on the charter movement.

National Alliance Honors National School Choice Week

January 25, 2016 | by NAPCS Pressroom |

Today kicks off the start of our blog series celebrating National School Choice Week (#NSCW), which shines a positive spotlight on effective educational options for every child. Charter public schools are the fastest growing segment of public school choice, and the National Alliance is proud to participate in #NSCW.

The Last 10 Days in Washington State

September 17, 2015 | by Riya Anandwala |


On the evening of Nov. 12, 2012, many parents and education reformers had reason to celebrate – a charter school law had passed in the state of Washington after many years of discussion and debate. Washington voters became the first in the nation to approve a public charter school law by ballot initiative, giving hope to many families who sought a new school option for their children.

Charter Schools in Tennessee’s Achievement School District Show Growth

August 12, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

The Achievement School District (ASD) is a statewide school district that was conceptualized four years ago to move schools performing at the bottom five percent (“Priority schools”) in Tennessee to the top 25 percent within five years. The ASD relies heavily on public charter school autonomies and operators as a reform tool. And the original schools that joined the ASD are showing great progress...

In Indiana, Good Policy Leads to Better Results for Children

August 04, 2015 | by Russ Simnick |

There is a real link between good education policy and improved outcomes. This theory shines through in a recent Chalkbeat article that discusses the growth of public charter schools in Indiana after the state strengthened its law in 2011.

Parents Taking Big Risks for School Choice

July 31, 2015 | by Kim McCabe |

Washington D.C. has cracked down on parents from Maryland and Virginia who lie about where they live so that their children can attend D.C. schools. Education Watchdog reports that D.C. officials conducted 70 investigations for residency fraud last year. The stakes are high for these parents: those who commit residency fraud face up to 90 days in jail and may be required to pay back tuition,...

California Charter Schools Association Responds to LA Times Oped on Public Education

July 24, 2015 | by Jed Wallace |

Following the publication of an opinion editorial in the Los Angeles Times that directs a series of unfounded criticisms at public charter schools, Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association wrote the following response:

What the Data Actually Say About Teacher Turnover

July 24, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

There is a persistent criticism that charter schools have dramatically high rates of teacher turnover due to burnout or dissatisfaction. However, national data paint a different picture.

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