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Posted: May 18, 2010

An upcoming New York Times Magazine cover story cites the charter school movement as one of four forces driving education reform, with the federal Race to the Top program “reopening the charter debate” as many states scrambled to modify their laws.

Posted: May 14, 2010

Two new reports suggest that charter schools can produce outstanding results when they have the freedom to hire qualified teachers and build innovative programs, but note that essential autonomy often faces constraints from state law and charter contracts.

Posted: May 12, 2010

A new study of Boston charter schools pinpoints the time spent in school as the most significant factor driving student improvement.

Posted: May 10, 2010

A $10 million federal grant program targets distressed neighborhoods by helping nonprofits and schools develop “cradle-through-college-to-career” programs with “strong schools at the center,” according to officials with the Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement.

Posted: May 6, 2010

The number of charter school authorizers nationwide has grown to an estimated 872, and while consensus is emerging about what constitutes the best monitoring practices, certain steps, such as requiring financial audits, are still being skipped by some.

Posted: May 6, 2010

Paul T. Hill said stay on course, and Paul E. Peterson said the course is online. The two education theorists laid out their views of school choice in a forum May 5 at the Fordham Institute in Washington, D.C.

Posted: May 5, 2010

While Kalamazoo Central High School won a commencement speech from President Barack Obama in a highly publicized contest, the competition helped raise awareness of public charter schools, two of which were selected as finalists in the Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge.

Posted: May 4, 2010

JPMorgan Chase will provide $50 million in grants and $275 million in equity and debt assistance to support charter schools, the company announced today.

Posted: May 3, 2010

President Barack Obama has officially recognized May 2-8 as National Charter Schools Week 2010, saying that “ideas developed and tested by charter schools have unlocked potential in students of every background and are driving reform throughout many school districts.”

Posted: May 3, 2010

Charter schools recognized by their states as local education agencies are eligible to apply for grants under the U.S. Department of Education's Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program.

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