The Charter Blog

Academie Lafayette: Teachers Benefit from Autonomy

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Academie Lafayette is a K-8 charter school that offers a high-quality education to students through a French immersion program in which students learn to speak French with daily instruction and practice in the language. Through the next series of blogs, the National Alliance will highlight charter schools’ efforts to offer high-quality education to every child.

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National Alliance Congratulates Washington, D.C. Recipient of Milken Education Award

This year, Jessica Cunningham, principal of KIPP DC College Prep, was awarded with the Milken Educator Award—a prestigious annual recognition given to outstanding educators furthering excellence in education. Each year, the award is announced during a surprise school-wide gathering for the recipient that includes distinguished local officials, a Milken Family Foundation representative, and state and federal leaders.

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CSP in Action:  DeLaSalle Education Center

The federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) supports the creation of new schools and the replication of charter schools that are producing results. In this series, we take a closer look at charter schools across the nation that were able to open their doors and serve unique community needs due to CSP grants.

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Fifteen Charter Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Department of Education

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, according to the U.S. Department of Education, “recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.” This year, 15 charter schools were among the 285 public schools throughout the nation named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

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Senator Blunt Visits the First All-Girls Charter School in Missouri

The Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls is an all-girls college preparatory public charter school serving girls in grades 6-12. On September 28, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) visited the newly opened school, which is the first charter school for girls in St. Louis, MO.

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Understanding the Impact of KIPP as It Scales

For the first time, Mathematica studied all K-12 levels of KIPP, including elementary and high schools as well as middle schools. They also looked at how KIPP schools have performed over time, particularly before and after they received a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-Up Grant. 

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No-Excuses Charter Schools Produce Positive Academic Growth for their Students

A quarter of a century after they first appeared on the scene in Minnesota, charter schools continue to be criticized for being both a “risky experiment” and not innovative enough. Success breeds criticism and, regardless of the strong and growing parental demand for charter schools, critics will continue to throw mud in all directions to see if some will stick.

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Green Street Academy Inspires Hope in West Baltimore    

Green Street Academy is not your typical school. This West Baltimore charter school is known for a hands-on teaching strategy that incorporates farming vegetables, raising tilapia, and maintaining a chicken coop for fresh eggs. The school sells produce to local restaurants and runs a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program for students’ families. This year, the school brings that curriculum to their new location, the former Gwynn Falls Park Junior High, which has been empty for 30 years.

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California Charter School Wins Award from the White House for Excellence in Serving the Hispanic Community

This month, California-based Camino Nuevo Charter Academy received the Bright Spot Award, a national recognition by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The national award, which is given every year, recognizes a program, institution, or organization that addresses or invests in key educational priorities for Hispanics. Camino Nuevo Charter Academy was nominated for the Bright Sport Award by National Alliance president and CEO, Nina Rees.  

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New Legacy Charter School Gives Pregnant and Parenting Students Support for Success

“I appreciate New Legacy because this school has made me feel like I can do anything, even if I’m pregnant.” – New Legacy Charter School student

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