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Posted: January 18, 2013

A federal judge in Arkansas decided January 17, 2013, that the state’s authorization of charter schools has not violated a 1989 desegregation agreement involving the state and Little Rock and surrounding Pulaski County school districts.

Posted: January 16, 2013

A total of 531 new charter schools opened for the 2012-13 school year, pushing the total number of charter schools across the nation to 6,004 and overall enrollment to 2,326,542 students, according to estimates announced January 16, 2013, by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS).

Posted: January 8, 2013

The use of student academic growth data to evaluate the effectiveness of charter schools will be the focus of a National Charter School Resource Center webinar on January 22, 2013.

Posted: December 26, 2012

The Promise Neighborhoods grant winners announced December 21, 2012, by the U.S. Department of Education include an award totaling about $25 million over five years to a Washington, D.C., project involving charter schools.

Posted: December 11, 2012

Three charter school organizations won a total of nearly $70 million as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s $400 million Race to the Top-District Competition.

Harmony Public Schools and IDEA Public Schools, both of Texas, were each awarded about $29 million, and KIPP DC in Washington, D.C., was awarded $10 million, according to the Department.

Posted: December 5, 2012

Seven cities are being awarded multimillion dollar grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to back collaboration between charter and district schools, according to a December 5, 2012, announcement from the Foundation.

Posted: November 28, 2012

More must be done to close failing charter schools and improve systems for opening high-quality charter schools to ensure that the charter school sector lives up to its ideal of improving education by exchanging school autonomy for accountability, according to the head of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA).

Posted: November 21, 2012

The roles and responsibilities of charter school governing boards, common pitfalls of governance, and tips for establishing and implementing sound practices will be the focus of a November 29, 2012, webinar hosted by the National Charter School Resource Center.

Posted: November 19, 2012

Initiative 1240 in Washington state, the measure to allow charter schools that voters passed November 6, 2012, with 50.7 percent of the 2.9 million ballots cast, provides a 40-page roadmap for the authorization of up to 40 charter schools over a five-year period and the state estimates it will cost just over $3 million to set up the structure to implement the program.

Posted: November 16, 2012

The tax-exempt charter school bond market has grown to more than $6.4 billion since 2010, with the issuance of about $1.14 billion in bond offerings from January 2011 through May 2012, according to a Local Initiatives Support Corporation report.

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