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Opportunity Knocks as Bill Arrives to Governor McAuliffe's Desk

March 08, 2017 | by Don Soifer |

Virginia’s legislature approved a plan last month which, if signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, would create a new pathway for the approval of charter schools in areas with persistently struggling schools.

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.

The Apprehension of the Charter School Movement in Fairfax County

July 29, 2016 | by Jasmine Sami |

When Fairfax Leadership Academy was endorsed by the Virginia Board of Education, the future of charter schools in Fairfax County became a little bit brighter. The founder of Fairfax Leadership Academy, Eric Welch, is a longtime Fairfax County public school teacher and administrator who works at JEB Stuart High School. Welch coordinates Stuart's college readiness program, Advancement Via...

School Year on the Brink: Lessons Learned from a Successful Campaign That Saved Washington State’s Charter School Sector

June 17, 2016 | by Maggie Meyers |

Washington State’s Supreme Court ruling on charter schools in September 2015 thrust charter schools across the state – and the families of students attending them – into crisis. Confronted with the possibility that their excellent new schools could close, parents, advocates, and educators saw no other option other than to stand up and fight for legislation that would keep schools open and...

The Story Behind Oklahoma's First Rural Charter School

April 21, 2016 | by Russ Simnick |

In Oklahoma, the political fault line is not drawn between Democrats and Republicans—It resides between urban and rural legislators. This rift explains why charter schools were only allowed to exist in the Oklahoma’s two largest urban counties in 2014 when the National Alliance and our state partners began working to expand charter school options throughout the state.

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