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Chicago Charter Schools Are Bridging the City’s College Divide

March 10, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

A college degree matters more than ever in today’s economy, and bridging the gap in college enrollment isn’t just an equity issue—it’s also an economic development issue. According to a recent report from Georgetown University, virtually all of the 11.6 million new jobs that have been created since the great recession have gone to workers with at least some college education and 72 percent of...

Ohio Charter Schools Face Major Facilities Challenges

February 23, 2017 | by Kevin Hesla |

During the 2014-15 school year, the National Charter School Resource Center, the Colorado League of Charter Schools (the League), the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools collaborated to collect data and information about charter school facilities and facilities expenditures in the state of Ohio. A recently released report, An Analysis...

Number of Students Attending Charter Schools Surpasses 3 Million

February 01, 2017 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

Each year, as the holidays end and school is back in session, the National Alliance determines the number of currently operating charter schools and estimates the number of students who attend them. Figuring out the number of schools is not that complicated. We simply ask each state for the names of any new charter public schools that opened this schoolyear and for the names of any that were...

Nuevos Resultados de NAEP Muestran que Escuelas Charters Tienen Beneficio Para Estudiantes Hispanos

October 31, 2016 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

Han pasado seis años desde que el National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) divulgó los resultados de su evaluación de ciencias delos estudiantes de 4to grado y de 12o grado y cuatro años para la evaluación de los estudiantes de 8o grado. Como la mayoría de las divulgaciones de NAEP, hay algunas buenas noticias y algunas malas.  Desde 2009, los estudiantes de 4to grado y 8o grado han...

New NAEP Science Scores Show Charters Work for Hispanic Students

October 31, 2016 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

It has been six years since the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) released scores on their Science assessment for 4th graders and 12th graders and 4 years for 8th graders. Like most NAEP releases, there is a little good news and a little bad news. Since 2009, 4th graders and 8th graders have seen their scores go up by about 4 points, while there was no change for 12th...

Building Better Narratives in Black Education

September 19, 2016 | by Robert Reed |

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...

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

August 23, 2016 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

 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.

Understanding the Impact of Charter Schools on Post-Secondary Achievement

August 16, 2016 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

"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...

Understanding Diversity in Our Schools

August 16, 2016 | by Susan Aud Pendergrass |

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.

STEM-ing a Way to Future Success

June 01, 2016 | by Wentana Gebru |

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