Posted: November 28, 2012

More must be done to close failing charter schools and improve systems for opening high-quality charter schools to ensure that the charter school sector lives up to its ideal of improving education by exchanging school autonomy for accountability, according to the head of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA).

Posted: November 21, 2012

The roles and responsibilities of charter school governing boards, common pitfalls of governance, and tips for establishing and implementing sound practices will be the focus of a November 29, 2012, webinar hosted by the National Charter School Resource Center.

Posted: November 19, 2012

Initiative 1240 in Washington state, the measure to allow charter schools that voters passed November 6, 2012, with 50.7 percent of the 2.9 million ballots cast, provides a 40-page roadmap for the authorization of up to 40 charter schools over a five-year period and the state estimates it will cost just over $3 million to set up the structure to implement the program.

Posted: November 16, 2012

The tax-exempt charter school bond market has grown to more than $6.4 billion since 2010, with the issuance of about $1.14 billion in bond offerings from January 2011 through May 2012, according to a Local Initiatives Support Corporation report.

Posted: November 14, 2012

The number of school districts across the country where charter schools account for at least 10 percent of the enrollment rose to 110 in 2011-12, an increase of about 15 percent, according to the seventh annual edition of A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities.

Posted: November 14, 2012

Charter schools are among the recipients of new U.S. Department of Agriculture grants to link school meal programs with local farms.

Posted: October 31, 2012

The October 30, 2012, application deadline for the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top-District competition is being extended due to weather conditions that might have prevented people from meeting the deadline, according to a Department announcement. Check the program website for the most current information.

Posted: October 31, 2012

A survey of charter schools that is designed to provide industry benchmarking data has been launched by edLeaders, a nonprofit organization focused on best practices in charter school leadership and development.

Posted: October 15, 2012

An opinion by the attorney general of Tennessee challenges a section of a state law adopted in July 2012 that allows a charter school authorizer to reject an application or revoke a charter if the percentage of school staff using certain nonimmigrant foreign worker visa programs exceeds 3.5 percent.

Posted: October 5, 2012

A charter school in northeastern Oregon has been awarded $24,000 as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant program that will enable the school to expand its use of fresh food and connections with area farms.

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