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To achieve a strong charter sector, start with supportive laws

June 06, 2014 | by Todd Ziebarth |

Senior VP of State Advocacy and Support Todd Ziebarth has a guest blog at Flypaper as part of their "Charter School Policy Wonk-a-Thon," in which Mike Petrilli challenged a number of scholars, practitioners, and policy analysts to take a stab at explaining why some charter sectors outpace their local district schools while other are falling behind. Here's an excerpt of Todd's response:

The Facts on Student Attrition in New York City

January 20, 2014 | by Joe Nathan |

I wanted you to know the facts from a new report out of New York City, because the results are mostly encouraging, but also require some thought; and because a nationally known charter opponent is sending out an incomplete, rather than full description of the report.

California Charter Schools Association Calls for Closure of Six Schools Due to Academic Underperformance

December 18, 2013 | by Jed Wallace |

Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) called for the closure of six charter schools from across California that are below CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal. Four of the schools are up for renewal by their authorizer this year and two of the schools were renewed despite chronic low performance and have failed to improve.

Growth in California Charter Schools Continues to Gain Momentum: Over 500,000 Students Enrolled, 50,000 Remain on Waiting Lists

November 11, 2013 | by NAPCS Pressroom |

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) announced last week that 104 charter schools opened across the state for the 2013-14 school year, bringing the total number of charter schools in California to 1,130. Charter school enrollment grew by an estimated 49,179 students, a 10 percent increase from 2012-13. There are now more than 519,000 students enrolled in charters. And, California...

Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement

July 08, 2013 | by Leigh Byron |

Village Charter School (VCS), a K-8 school of 360 students in Trenton, NJ, with 80 percent of the student body receiving free or reduced-price meals, is the epitome of an urban charter school that can go from a school not meeting state standards to one that does—in two years’ time!

Minnesota students win awards in statewide charter writing contest

May 20, 2013 | by Joe Nathan |

Jack Wickenhauser, De’shawnte Taylor, Vincent Smith Jr. and Denisse Sanchez are eloquent young people. They recently earned awards in a statewide Minnesota charter public school writing contest that attracted more than 2,200 entries.

More than 700 Texas Charter School Parents, Students, Teachers and Charter Leaders call for passage of strong charter legislation at TCSA Rally at the South Steps of the Texas State Capitol

May 12, 2013 | by Tracy Young |

During National Charter Schools Week and in the final 20 days of the 83rd Legislature, the Texas Charter Schools Associationwelcomed to Austin more than 700 parents, students, teachers and charter leaders from across Texas to rally on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol to show their strong support for public charter schools and charter legislation this session. On that same day, the...

MAPSA’s Documentary About Jalen Rose’s Charter School Promotes an Important Conversation

May 09, 2013 | by Daniel L. Quisenberry |

What should a parent do when they feel their current school is not working for their child? And how do we create the quality schools they deserve?

Public Charter School Community Heard During INCS' "Have Your Say Day"

May 07, 2013 | by Jill Gottfred |

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is delighted to spread the word about our successful INCS 8th Annual Lobby Day in Springfield this past Thursday, just ahead of National School Choice Week. We had over 500 parents, teachers, and students travel to Springfield to join forces and advocate for equal funding for charter public school students. Together, we made great progress:

Colorado Students Celebrate 20 Years of Public Charter Schools

April 29, 2013 | by Stacy Rader |

This month, nearly 800 students, teachers and administrators gathered at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver to celebrate public charter schools.

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