Massachusetts

Charter School Among Recipients of Federal Arts in Education Grant

A charter school was among the recipients of the 2013 Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Department announced $2 million in grants that were awarded to eight organizations, including $245,609 for the first year of a three-year award to Neighborhood House Charter School of Boston, Massachusetts.

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National Charter School Study 2013

This June 2013 report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University provides analyses of charter school performance in 25 states and the District of Columbia and New York City, and provides comparisons with traditional public school performance.

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Charter Schools And The Road to Readiness: The Effects on College Preparation, Attendance And Choice

This May 2013 report provides analysis of the performance of charter high schools in Boston, Massachusetts, focusing on outcomes that are "essential for or facilitate postsecondary schooling,” such as high school graduation, college scholarship qualification, SAT scores and college enrollment. The report, produced under the auspices of MIT’s School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative, also covers the impact of charter attendance for special education students.

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Successful Charter Schools

This 2004 report from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement discusses elements of effective charter schools and provides profiles of eight charter schools:

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When Charter Schools and Non-Chartered Schools Work Together: A Grant to Encourage Collaboration

This April 2013 article provides highlights and lessons from discussions and presentations at a meeting of recipients of the U.S. Department of Education's Charter Schools Program 2012 Charter School Exemplary Collaboration Award. The report includes information from collaborations in Boston, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; East Providence, Rhode Island; and Columbus, Ohio.

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Charter School Performance in Massachusetts

This February 2013 report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) focuses on the performance of Massachusetts charter schools and provides comparisons with district schools. A separate analysis of Boston isalso included.

The report examines student performance data from 2005-2006 through 2010-2011 and includes comparisons based on demographics and poverty, special education and English language learners. The report also includes the number of charter schools opened and closed from 1995 to 2011.

Charter School Exemplary Collaboration Grants Awarded for Projects Totaling $1.2 Million

Seven grants totaling more than $1.2 million have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program to support collaboration amoung public charter schools, traditional public schools, and school districts.

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Student Achievement in Massachusetts’ Charter Schools

This 2011 report from the Harvard University Center for Education Policy Research evaluates the impact of charter school attendance on academic achievement in Massachusetts. The report suggests that, as a group, “charter middle schools boost average math scores, but have little effect on average English Language Arts (ELA) scores. The results for high school show strong effects in both subjects.” The report also discusses the differences between urban and nonurban school settings and the practices of schools.

Walton Family Foundation Public Charter Startup Grant Program

Funder: 
The Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation provides up to $250,000 in start-up funds for organizations and founders that can prove that they have the capacity to dramatically raise the level of academic performance in targeted communities. The grant program provides financial support before, during, and up to one year into operation after the initial authorization process.

Phase I – Pre-Authorization grants are available to school developers in amounts up to $30,000 and 15 months before filing a charter application.

Due Date: 
August 15, 2012
Award Size: 
Up to $250,000
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Match Community Day Charter Public School Application, Boston, Massachusetts

This is the November 8, 2010, application submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Match Community Day Charter Public School to open in Boston. The application describes the proposed school's focus on English language learners and includes descriptions of the school's mission, how academic success will be demonstrated, organizational structure and collaboration with Community Day Public Charter School of Lawrence, Massachusetts, recruitment and retention plans, budget information, and letters of support.

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