Posted: October 28, 2010

Most high schools in New Orleans, the majority of which are charter schools, have gotten better but aren’t keeping up with improvements in elementary and middle schools, “leaving many successful eighth grade students to attend failing public high schools,” according to a new research brief from the Cowen Institute at Tulane University.

Posted: October 28, 2010

The 2010 National Association of Charter School Authorizers Leadership Conference drew about 320 people to Arizona for forums on improving education and a wide range of sessions focused on leadership and best practices.

Posted: July 6, 2010

Pattison's Academy D.R.E.A.M. program (Developmental, Rehabilitative, Educational, Adapted for children with Multiple disabilities) demonstrates the use of extended programs and summer camp activities to provide a continuum of service to students with severe special needs. View the article.

Posted: June 14, 2010

As online learning for precollegiate students continues to grow, more parents of children with special needs have begun to consider cyber schooling as a viable alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar schools. View the article.

Posted: October 26, 2010

Responsive Education Solutions (ResponsiveEd), Texas' largest public charter school holder, and the Autism Community Network (ACN) announced the opening of the first charter school in Texas focused on serving children with autism. Called the Foundation School for Autism, it is a tuition-free public charter school located in San Antonio, Texas. View the article.

Posted: October 13, 2010

The Charter School Center will host a webinar Oct. 27, 2010, focusing on the findings so far in an extensive research project on the effectiveness of charter school management organizations (CMOs). Federal education policymakers are encouraging successful CMOs to expand.

Posted: October 11, 2010

The Charter School Center is developing resources to help charter schools meet the needs of students with disabilities and seeking to contact people who are willing to share their experience with special education cooperatives.

Posted: October 8, 2010

Charter schools are publicly funded, but private fundraising commonly is used to acquire school buildings and augment operating budgets. The Charter School Center September E-Newsletter discusses the gap between charters and traditional public schools, and the increasingly important role of fundraising.

Posted: October 7, 2010

A Cleveland partnership is developing a teacher training program to supply faculty to top charter schools in the inner city.

The Cleveland Urban Teacher Residency Program is being developed by Ursuline College and Breakthrough Charter Schools, a new charter management organization in the city. Breakthrough is combining many common operating functions for a group of successful charter schools and helping provide for expansion of the schools.

Posted: October 1, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $50 million in grants to 12 charter management organizations, helping them to serve an additional 76,000 students in 127 new and 31 expanded charter schools over the next five years.

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