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.

Posted: October 28, 2010

Most high schools in New Orleans, the majority of which are charter schools, have gotten better but aren’t keeping up with improvements in elementary and middle schools, “leaving many successful eighth grade students to attend failing public high schools,” according to a new research brief from the Cowen Institute at Tulane University.

Posted: October 28, 2010

The 2010 National Association of Charter School Authorizers Leadership Conference drew about 320 people to Arizona for forums on improving education and a wide range of sessions focused on leadership and best practices.

Posted: July 6, 2010

Pattison's Academy D.R.E.A.M. program (Developmental, Rehabilitative, Educational, Adapted for children with Multiple disabilities) demonstrates the use of extended programs and summer camp activities to provide a continuum of service to students with severe special needs. View the article.

Posted: June 14, 2010

As online learning for precollegiate students continues to grow, more parents of children with special needs have begun to consider cyber schooling as a viable alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar schools. View the article.

Posted: October 26, 2010

Responsive Education Solutions (ResponsiveEd), Texas' largest public charter school holder, and the Autism Community Network (ACN) announced the opening of the first charter school in Texas focused on serving children with autism. Called the Foundation School for Autism, it is a tuition-free public charter school located in San Antonio, Texas. View the article.

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