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Rural Charter School Growth Should Impact Policy Conversations

December 04, 2015 | by Angel Gonzalez |

When public conversation turns to charter schools, much of the attention is focused on urban students. In the National Alliance for Public Charter School’s recent report, they highlighted that charter school enrollment growth across the country was concentrated in America’s big cities. The Los Angeles Unified School District alone has 150,000 students attending charter schools, which to put into...

A Successful 2015: Improving State Policies to Support Public Charter Schools

October 22, 2015 | by NAPCS Pressroom |

2015 has proved to be another successful year for public charter school legislation across the country. Today we release a report that provides a summary of the 2015 state legislative highlights for public charter schools.

Some of the biggest developments of the 2015 state legislative sessions include:

  • Alabama became the 43rd state to enact a public charter school law.
  • Connecticut defeated a...

More States Have Policies That Enforce Quality Through Automatic Closure of Low-Performing Public Charter Schools

October 16, 2015 | by NAPCS Pressroom |

The National Alliance advocates for the growth and expansion of high-quality charter schools. While we believe it is important to foster the growth of charter schools achieving great academic results for students, it is equally important to close charter schools that are not improving student outcomes. We are pleased to see that over the past several years, state lawmakers have increasingly...

How You Can Help Save Washington’s Charter Schools

September 08, 2015 | by Kim McCabe |

On Friday, the Washington State Supreme Court rejected the voter-approved public charter school law based on a century-old precedent and said that public charter schools cannot receive “common school” public funds because they are not overseen by elected boards.

Hawaii Expands Pre-K to Charter Schools

August 17, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Four public charter schools in Hawaii will say “Aloha!” to pre-K students this year, thanks to a new federal Preschool Development Grant. The $14.8 million grant will allow 18 charter schools to offer pre-K over the next four years.

Wisconsin Budget Bill Contains Big Wins for Public Charter Schools

August 14, 2015 | by Todd Ziebarth |

A few weeks ago, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the state’s budget bill into law. This budget bill contains some of the most far-reaching changes to the state’s public charter school law since Wisconsin first enacted its law in 1993.

What You Need to Know About the State Charter School Laws Rankings Report

February 05, 2015 | by Todd Ziebarth |

Last week, we released the sixth edition of Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws. This report evaluates each state’s charter school law against the 20 essential components from our model law, which includes items such as “No Caps,” “Performance-Based Charter Contracts,” and “ Equitable Access to Capital Funding and Facilities”.

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.

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