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Posted: January 5, 2011

The role of charter schools in special education in Los Angeles has been reorganized under a plan approved January 4, 2011, by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education. Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), praised the new Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).

Posted: December 8, 2010

Leaders in nine cities have developed agreements to work on collaboration between traditional and charter schools as part of an initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The District-Charter Collaboration Compact cities are Baltimore, Denver, Hartford, Conn., Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, and Rochester, N.Y.

Posted: December 8, 2010

Discount registration rates are being offered for the 11th Annual National Charter Schools Conference, set for June 20-23, 2011 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Posted: December 7, 2010

Outstanding teachers who have a record of leadership, strong communication skills, and policy insight are encouraged to apply for the U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program. The application deadline is January 17, 2011.

Posted: November 23, 2010

About 1,000 people attended the first Green Schools National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in October, according to the event’s Executive Director, Jim McGrath, who is already looking toward Denver as the next host city in February 2012.

Posted: November 16, 2010

A survey of 400 charter school leaders indicates that more than 70 percent expect to leave their schools within five years and that only about half reported having succession plans, most of which were “weak or rudimentary.”

Posted: November 9, 2010

It's the kind of school consolidation many charter school operators dream of – a campus that accommodates everybody. In Haverhill, Massachusetts, north of Boston, Hill View Montessori Charter Public School leaders in February 2010 gathered the school from its three sites and moved into their new building.

The two-story, 51,000-square-foot facility is on seven acres on the Merrimack River and cost about $3.7 million, according to Janet Begin, the school’s Executive Director.

Posted: November 3, 2010

Four major cities now have at least 30 percent of public school students enrolled in charter schools, and in 16 other cities, more than 20 percent of public school students go to charter schools, 10 more cities than five years ago, according to  “A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities”, a new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Posted: November 2, 2010

Charter school management organizations (CMOs) are under pressure to expand their success, but they are running into the headwinds of tight finances and lack of facilities, limits on the availability of staff, and concern about maintaining quality and how well students are being prepared for college.

Posted: October 28, 2010

Closing a charter school a grade at a time is a tactic worth studying, but the context is critical, according to Alex Medler, Vice President for Policy and Research at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Medler's comment came in response to an inquiry from the National Charter School Resource Center about a proposal in Denver that calls for closing a low-performing charter school a grade at a time.

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