Posted: May 5, 2010

While Kalamazoo Central High School won a commencement speech from President Barack Obama in a highly publicized contest, the competition helped raise awareness of public charter schools, two of which were selected as finalists in the Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge.

Posted: May 4, 2010

JPMorgan Chase will provide $50 million in grants and $275 million in equity and debt assistance to support charter schools, the company announced today.

Posted: May 3, 2010

President Barack Obama has officially recognized May 2-8 as National Charter Schools Week 2010, saying that “ideas developed and tested by charter schools have unlocked potential in students of every background and are driving reform throughout many school districts.”

Posted: May 3, 2010

Charter schools recognized by their states as local education agencies are eligible to apply for grants under the U.S. Department of Education's Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program.

Posted: April 27, 2010

While the federal Qualified Zone Academy Bonds program has ballooned to $3.2 billion in the wake of the 2009 federal stimulus package, charter schools in many states still face hurdles qualifying for the program, which offers zero-interest loans for school renovation and other projects. However, a growing number of states are changing their laws and finding novel ways to support charters' QZAB applications.

Posted: April 23, 2010

Two top authorities on developing new educational models for students most in need will talk about their new books on the past and future of the field at a forum in Washington, D.C.

Posted: April 21, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are holding four "Listening and Learning About Early Learning" meetings, including a webinar, that will focus on early education.

Posted: April 20, 2010

The importance of charter schools in Race to the Top applications was a driving force behind a bill that was rejected by lawmakers in Kentucky and a "Charter Innovation Zones 2.0" proposal now being considered in West Virginia.

Posted: April 14, 2010

Two charter schools are among the six finalists in a competition to have President Obama deliver their commencement address this spring. They are the Denver School of Science and Technology in Colorado and the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, Calif.

Posted: April 12, 2010

A Brookings Institution study of conversion charter schools in California found little change in student achievement scores over a two-decade period, but the report’s authors suggest those schools “look more like traditional public schools than start-up charters.”

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