Posted: December 11, 2012

Three charter school organizations won a total of nearly $70 million as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s $400 million Race to the Top-District Competition.

Harmony Public Schools and IDEA Public Schools, both of Texas, were each awarded about $29 million, and KIPP DC in Washington, D.C., was awarded $10 million, according to the Department.

Posted: December 5, 2012

Seven cities are being awarded multimillion dollar grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to back collaboration between charter and district schools, according to a December 5, 2012, announcement from the Foundation.

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.

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