The Charter Blog

Building Better Narratives in Black Education

On September 15th, I attended an event hosted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), National Urban League, and the Education Post to showcase the release of their joint report, “Building Better Narratives in Black Education.” The event provided a forum within which African American leaders, including Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF President and CEO, and Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, could explore issues that serve as the motivation for the report itself: to “fundamentally chang[e] the narrative and face of education reform to meaningfully include Black voices, leaders and initiatives that truly have equity and Black student success at the core.”

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The Negativity's Not Working: Public Support for Charter Schools Remains High

 As parents are getting backpacks ready and kids are heading off for another school year, there are tons of stories on social media about their excitement (okay, maybe not for every kid), their love for their school and general school spirit. I’m sure this is true for students at all kinds of schools – district public, charter public, and private.

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Understanding the Impact of Charter Schools on Post-Secondary Achievement

"Charter school students earn less!" Not really. Researchers recently found that the charter school students who graduated from 40 "regular" charter schools in Texas in 2003 and went on to Texas colleges and worked in Texas in 2011, earned $300 less per year than their non-charter school peers with the same pathway. Students who followed that path, but went to "No Excuses" charter schools earned about $100 per year more than their peers. But, truthfully, but there wasn't enough data to make either statement statistically sound.

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Understanding Diversity in Our Schools

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a report this week that summarizes the status and trends for racial and ethnic groups in our education system. Given the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S., it is important to understand how students from different backgrounds and cultures approach education, as well as how they are served by our education system.

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“A coordinated effort to decimate public schools” – did I read that right?

Oh my goodness – “A coordinated effort to decimate public schools” – did I read that right?

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Graduating from a Charter School Can Boost Students’ Future Earnings

A report published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management presents the first large-scale study on charter schools’ effects on future earnings. The study shows that charter school graduates earn more income as adults than students who attended district-run public high schools.

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New Data Show Charter Schools in Hialeah, Fla., Are Closing the Achievement Gap

This week Education Cities released the Education Equality Index (EEI), which measures the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers.

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New Study Shows Charter Schools Closing the Achievement Gap

Today Education Cities released the Education Equality Index (EEI), which measures the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers. While the EEI delineates a large achievement gap plaguing our K-12 education system, it also finds that in 90 percent of major U.S. cities, there are individual schools that are closing the achievement gap.

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