The Charter Blog

New model law from the National Alliance acknowledges the elephant in the room: Virtual charter schools

Ohio’s charter school movement has faced a number of challenges over the past decade. A myriad of school closings and allegations of financial misconduct contributed to it being dubbed the Wild, Wild West of charter schools. Making matters worse, a comprehensive analysis in 2014 by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) found that, on average, Ohio charter students lost fourteen days of learning in reading and forty-three days of learning in math over the course of the school year compared to similar students in traditional public schools. To its credit, the Ohio General Assembly recognized these problems and in October 2015 passed House Bill 2 (HB 2)—a comprehensive reform of the Buckeye State’s charter school laws.

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Posted in State Government Issues, model law

Facilities: A Thorny Issue for Charter Schools

Ask any charter public school leader in the United States the thorniest issues they have to overcome in opening and running a great school and you will inevitably hear about facility challenges. Bottom line - the lack of affordable school facilities are a serious inhibitor to the growth and expansion America’s charter school sector.

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Posted in State Government Issues, model law

What’s Next in Washington State?

Earlier this month, legislators in Washington State approved a bill to save the state’s charter public schools. This bipartisan vote was a testament to the hard work of parents and students who led this fight and succeeded in changing hearts and minds. Charter schools are committed to being a part of closing opportunity gap—at its core this is a social justice issue.

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Posted in State Government Issues, Washington State

Many States, Like Indiana, Work to Improve Charter School Laws

During National School Choice Week, we advocate for parents' right to choose the best educational option for their children. Charter public schools are the fastest growing segment of public school choice, and many states are working hard to ensure that their charter law provides the most effective environment in which charter schools can operate.

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Posted in State Government Issues

Charter Public School Law Improvements Boost State Rankings

In our new report, Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws, we evaluate each state’s charter school law against the 20 essential components of a strong public charter school law. These 20 components are drawn from the National Alliance’s A New Model Law for Supporting the Growth of High-Quality Public Charter Schools.

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Posted in State Government Issues

2015 An Active Year for Charter Public School Law Improvements

2015 proved to be another active year for charter public school legislation across the country. For starters, we saw significant activity regarding potential enabling legislation in several of the states without charter public school laws. Most notably, Alabama became the 43rd state to enact a charter school law.

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Posted in State Government Issues

National Alliance’s Annual Ranking of State Charter School Laws Shows Key Changes

To help states create laws that support high-quality public charter schools, the National Alliance has developed a model state law. Each year, we rank states based on how well their laws align to this model, and today we released the 2016 rankings

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Posted in State Government Issues

Charter Schools Working to Earn Public's Confidence

In a joint op-ed, National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees and National Association of Charter School Authorizers CEO Greg Richmond argue that Florida needs to do a better job of vetting new charter school applicants; schools that don’t launch successfully cause anxiety for families who have to seek other educational options and damage the reputation of charter schools that already have a proven track record of success.

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Posted in State Government Issues

Charter Families and Supporters Rally at Michigan Capitol

Charter public school advocates in Michigan recently took their message to the state capitol in Lansing. The Charter School Advocacy Day was organized by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state’s charter support organization, and included 500 parents, board members, and supporters who met with 73 legislators. In addition, two charter school choirs—from Cornerstone Health and Technology High School in Detroit and Light of the World Academy in Pinckney—performed in the Capitol rotunda.

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Posted in State Government Issues