Posted: June 9, 2010

A bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would expand federal efforts to replicate and expand high-quality charter schools throughout the country.

Posted: June 4, 2010

Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia have applied for the second phase of the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top competition, seeking to win a share of the $3.4 billion remaining in the fund. As with the first round, charter school laws may play a key role in determining the finalists and winners.

Posted: June 3, 2010

The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools is seeking examples of traditional public school districts and charter schools working together in a variety of instructional and management areas.

Posted: June 2, 2010

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers has relaunched its website with a focus on community tools and partners in the charter school industry.

Posted: June 1, 2010

A recent Thomas B. Fordham Institute report about contraints on charter school autonomy "is largely rhetorical" and isn't backed up by evidence, according to a review by a University of Massachusetts-Boston professor. 

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.

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