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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...

New Report Provides Clarity on the Use of Weighted Lotteries in Schools That Receive Federal Charter School Funding

July 08, 2015 | by Robert Reed |

This week, the Senate began debating the reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Tucked in the law is a program called the Charter School Program (CSP) that provides critical funds to help launch and replicate new charter schools. As a condition of receiving federal funds, these schools must conduct a blind lottery if they receive more applications than they can...

Ashley Judd to Speak at 15th Annual National Charter School Conference

June 11, 2015 | by Riya Anandwala |

Actor, activist and humanitarian Ashley Judd will address the National Charter Schools Conference general session in New Orleans on Monday, June 22. Best known for her performances in Ruby in Paradise, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, De-Lovely and most recently the Divergent franchise, Judd is a longstanding advocate and supporter of education.

A devoted humanitarian, Judd is...

Hall of Fame 2015

June 11, 2015 | by Riya Anandwala |

The National Alliance has announced its 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees: Senator Mary Landrieu, Nelson Smith and Dr. Deborah McGriff.

New CREDO Study Shows Urban Charter Schools Outperform District Peers

March 19, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

A report released yesterday by The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, Urban Charter School Study Report on 41 Regions, found that public charter schools located in our nation’s largest urban districts are showing significant positive performance impacts for the most disadvantaged students. Overall, students enrolled in urban public charter schools gained 40...

Students with disabilities transfer out of charter schools less frequently than district schools

February 11, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

The New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO) released a study last month, which looked at elementary students’ transfer rates out of charter and traditional public schools. This report is an update of the IBO’s report on the same topic, released last year. As we noted in an earlier blog post, this issue is very relevant because researchers have found that changing schools can affect student...

Put Money Where Your School Choice Mouth Is

November 10, 2014 | by Nina Rees |

(Originally published by U.S. News & World Report)

Charter Schools in St. Louis Giving Students Greater Access to a High-Quality Education, Paving the Way for Even More Success

July 10, 2014 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

The city of St. Louis recently released a study that showed public education is improving for their students. The study, produced by IFF, looks at where children live, where they go to school, and if they have access to a high-quality schools, based on state accreditation. The study uses 2013 data and is an update to a similar study produced five years ago.

How are Michigan charter schools performing?

July 08, 2014 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

A recent news series by the Detroit Free Press has questioned the performance of Michigan charter schools. Unfortunately, the series fails to acknowledge or glosses over key facts. So here is a look at the evidence regarding the performance of charter schools in Michigan.

Charter Schools Make Strong Showing in US News Best High School Rankings

June 12, 2014 | by Kim McCabe |

In April, U.S. News & World Report released its 2014 Best High Schools Rankings, and 24 public charter schools are among the top 100. Three of those public charter schools made it into the top 10: BASIS Scottsdale (#2), Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (#3) and BASIS Tucson North (#5).

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