Posted: June 28, 2013

Two charter schools each received $1.1 million grants as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program, which supports “academic and occupational skill training for at-risk youth,” according to an agency announcement June 27, 2013.

The agency awarded the grants to Latin American Youth Center YouthBuild Charter School in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia Youth for Change Charter School in Pennsylvania.

Posted: June 25, 2013

A bill passed by the Illinois state legislature and set to become law July 1, 2013, will allow charter schools in a district that includes a federal military base to set aside up to 33 percent of  enrollment for students with parents who are assigned to the base.

Posted: June 25, 2013

Charter schools in Hawai’i that focus on Native Hawaiian education have been awarded $1.5 million from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), according to a 2013 announcement by the organization.

The OHA announcement stated that the award is to help the 17 charter schools that make up the Na Lei Na'auao Alliance “keep pace with growing enrollment” and help “cover various costs associated with teaching and feeding students, as well as transporting them to school.”

Posted: June 13, 2013

A Virginia law set to take effect in July 2013 creates a statewide entity called the Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) that is empowered to take over district schools that have been denied accreditation and initiate an improvement program, with charter schools identified as an option for doing the work.

Posted: June 12, 2013

The U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program (CSP) has announced two charter school grant competitions totaling $2 million to support school planning and start-up and for existing schools to disseminate programs.

Posted: May 28, 2013

Charter school enrollment across the country grew from about 300,000 in 1999-2000 to 1.8 million in 2010-2011, while the percentage of charter schools that are small dropped, according to The Condition of Education 2013 report from the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education.

The report showed that the number of charter schools grew to 5,300 schools in 2010–11, a change from 2 percent to 5 percent of all public schools.

Posted: May 20, 2013

Charter schools received about $132 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture rural community facilities program low-interest loans and loan guarantees from 2011 to 2012, including direct loans totaling about $67 million in 2012 for 17 projects, according to the agency. The agency provided about $9 million in direct loans for five charter projects in 2011.

Posted: May 15, 2013

Two attorneys with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) discussed the rights of students with disabilities at charter schools in a May 9, 2013, webinar hosted by the National Charter School Resource Center.

Posted: April 25, 2013

The 2013 U.S. News & World Report ranking of public high schools across the country puts five charter schools in the top 20.

Posted: April 25, 2013

Idaho changed state law in April 2013 to provide dedicated funding for charter school facilities, initiate authorizer fees and require performance contracts.

Under the new law (H206), the state department of education will distribute facilities funding to charter schools based on a percentage of the statewide average for “bond and plant facility funds levied per student by Idaho school districts.”

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