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The Charter Blog

From Vision to Reality: How CSP Funds Enabled Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts to Open

September 16, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

DC Charter Schools Movement Shows Quality Growth

September 15, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) released its 2015 annual report in August, and there are several accomplishments worth celebrating. The District of Columbia has 112 charter school campuses serving 37,684 students—making it one of the highest enrollment share districts in the nation. Scores on DC’s standardized exams have been on the rise for traditional and charter public schools—with...

The Next Wave of Charter School Innovation

September 09, 2015 | by David Harris |

Indianapolis is among the most exciting cities in the nation to develop and launch an innovative new school or education venture, and the opportunities for success here are unlike anywhere else in the country. We boast an unusually strong education innovation ecosystem featuring a host of national and local organizations that are working to expand educational opportunities for all families in...

A Closer Look at Washington State’s Pioneering Public Charter Schools

September 04, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

Yesterday, Thomas Franta of the Washington State Charter Schools Association described all of the hard work and accomplishments that happened in Washington State in order to enable its first public charter schools to open their doors and serve students for the 2015-16 school year. Today, we’ll take a closer look at those eight pioneering Washington State public charter schools:

First Charter Schools Open Their Doors in Washington State

September 03, 2015 | by Thomas Franta |

This fall, nearly 1,200 students in Washington State are walking through the doors of eight brand new public charter schools, marking the first time that many of our families, hungry for rigorous, joyful and successful school experiences for their students, are able to exercise public school choice. Next year, three more public charter schools are slated to open in the Evergreen state, two...

Chartering Turnaround Case Study: Mastery Charter Schools

August 28, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

Since 2007, low-performing schools have received more than $5.8 billion in funds through the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. The National Alliance’s report Chartering Turnaround: Leveraging Public Charter School Autonomy to Address Failure examines how the autonomies related to staffing, curriculum, and general operations provided by state charter laws can be used to catalyze...

The Aftermath Series: Lessons Learned from New Orleans

August 27, 2015 | by Kelsey Hobson |

New Orleans’ fearless education reform sparked conversation—both positive and negative—about the future of American education. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, citizens seized an opportunity to rebuild a better school system. The changes experienced by New Orleans have received international attention and have become a model for turnaround districts across the country. 

The Aftermath Series: Tulane University President Scott Cowen

August 25, 2015 | by Kelsey Hobson |

Named as one of the nation’s Top 10 Best College Presidents, Scott Cowen has served as the president of Tulane University in addition to making it his mission to transform New Orleans through education. From a young age, Cowen has shown an interest in leading, eventually influencing him to head many education reform boards. When the city of New Orleans faced the devastation of Hurricane...

Chartering Turnaround Case Study: LEAD Public Schools

August 21, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

Since 2007, low-performing schools have received more than $5.8 billion in funds through the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. The National Alliance’s report Chartering Turnaround: Leveraging Public Charter School Autonomy to Address Failure examines how the autonomies related to staffing, curriculum, and general operations provided by state charter laws can be used to catalyze...

NOLA Myths Debunked

August 18, 2015 | by Kelsey Hobson |

The drastic overhaul and resulting success of the New Orleans school system has proven to be a bold model for other school systems around the country. For charter school advocates, the near all-charter district demonstrates how the presence of charter schools can transform an entire school district.

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