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Chartering Turnaround Case Study: Green Dot Public Schools

August 14, 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: New Orleans’ Game Plan for Urban Districts

August 13, 2015 | by Kelsey Hobson |

For decades, students across the nation have been underserved by many urban school districts. These urban districts face limited resources and students from low-income backgrounds who typically cannot access quality educational opportunities. Thus, for generations the educational needs of parents and students alike were rarely met, and as a result, relationships between families and school...

Charter Schools in Tennessee’s Achievement School District Show Growth

August 12, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

The Achievement School District (ASD) is a statewide school district that was conceptualized four years ago to move schools performing at the bottom five percent (“Priority schools”) in Tennessee to the top 25 percent within five years. The ASD relies heavily on public charter school autonomies and operators as a reform tool. And the original schools that joined the ASD are showing great progress...

The Aftermath Series: A Charter School Turnaround Model

August 11, 2015 | by Kelsey Hobson |

In the midst of national and statewide education reform efforts, K-12 education is coming to the forefront as a national issue. Though reform is sometimes a frustratingly slow process, one thing is for certain: New Orleans is getting it right.

Politico Showcases DC’s Thriving Charter School Movement

August 07, 2015 | by National Alliance |

When the National Alliance determined last fall that Washington, DC, has America’s strongest charter school movement, many people were shocked. For decades, education in the nation’s capital was a national disgrace, with high dropout rates, low achievement scores, and little hope. Yet charter schools helped to launch an education revolution in the District, and a recent Politico magazine...

The Aftermath Series: New Orleans Changes the Narrative

August 06, 2015 | by Kelsey Hobson |

What happens to a city nearly leveled by a natural disaster? What would happen if this destruction resulted in thousands of deaths, poverty-stricken families displaced in massive evacuations, and schools and businesses were shut down? This scenario could quickly become dire. New Orleans, however, used these circumstances as grounds for reinvention of their broken city.

New Orleans Reforms Boost Student Performance

August 05, 2015 | by Heather Reams |

Families have many options as 93 percent of public school students attend charter schools

The National Alliance received the news yesterday from Education Next that researchers with the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane University determined that the education reforms initiated since Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans have increased student achievement. Read the news release...

From Vision to Reality: How CSP Funds Enabled Harding Fine Arts Academy to Open

July 30, 2015 | by Nora Kern |

Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA) is a college preparatory high school in Oklahoma City that focuses on the integration of arts and academics. HFAA opened in 2005 with a 9th grade class, and grew by a grade level each subsequent year. The school opened with $25,000 raised from the community and founders. Once the school opened its doors, a grant from the state legislature and per-pupil funding...

The Aftermath Series: The Power of KIPP

July 28, 2015 | by Kelsey Hobson |

Towana Pierre-Floyd beat the odds. A former student of New Orleans public schools, she excelled in a subpar academic environment and gained access to opportunities many students could only dream of. Knowing that her educational experience was much different from the experiences of her family members and peers, Towana has made it her mission to provide an exceptional education for all students....

“Challenge Index” High School Rankings Show Charter Schools as a Growing Force

July 27, 2015 | by Kelsey Hobson |

The Washington Post recently released its annual Challenge Index rankings, and public charter schools hold 36 places among the top 100 schools ranked—an all-time high. This year’s Challenge Index results show that charter schools are quickly becoming a strong force in high-quality education. Charter schools make up half of the top ten places, including #1, BASIS Oro Valley (Oro Valley, AZ);...

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