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Posted: June 1, 2010

The nation’s charter schools receive $2.2 billion less than their traditional public school counterparts each year, according to a Ball State University study, which found that the typical charter school faces a $562,000 shortfall in public funding each year.

Posted: May 26, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education's Charter Schools Program has announced a new $50 million grant competition. Grants for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools will provide funding to assist nonprofit charter management organizations and other nonprofit entities in replicating or expanding high-quality charter schools with demonstrated records of success. 

Posted: May 25, 2010

When it comes to school choice, perhaps the choosiest of parents are those of children with special needs, and they don’t particularly care whether the school is a charter school or a traditional public school, according to Kelly Hupfeld of the University of Colorado Denver’s Center for Education Policy Analysis, who conducted survey research on the issue in Denver and Milwaukee. 

Posted: May 24, 2010

Researchers at the University of Arkansas found that when charter schools are compared to traditional public schools in the same neighborhoods, they have similar numbers of minority students. Their findings, published in the Summer 2010 issue of EducationNext, challenge an earlier report claiming that charter schools had higher levels of racial segregation than traditional public schools.

Posted: May 20, 2010

A typical charter school has 239 children on its waiting list, with some schools having as many as 7,500 students on their lists, according to a recent study by the Center for Education Reform, which said that those rolls surged 21 percent in 2009.

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.

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