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Posted: June 26, 2012

Three leaders and a school joined the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 National Charter Schools Conference in June in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Posted: June 26, 2012

Two charter school projects in Indianapolis, Indiana, will each receive $1 million for start-up as the first recipients of Charter School Incubator grants from The Mind Trust.

The Mind Trust, a nonprofit education reform organization in Indianapolis, announced June 25, 2012, that the grants will go to the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies and Christel House International.

Posted: June 21, 2012

YES Prep Public School of Houston, Texas, was announced as the winner of the inaugural Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools at the 2012 National Charter Schools Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Posted: June 19, 2012

A new guide to help charter schools start and manage effective special education programs was released June 19, 2012, at the National Charter School Resource Center’s Building the Capacity of Charter Schools: Effectively Serving Students conference, held in conjunction with the National Charter Schools Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Posted: June 14, 2012

The Charter Schools Program (CSP) at the U.S. Department of Education is seeking peer reviewers to read and evaluate applications for a new discretionary grant competition.

Posted: June 14, 2012

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced on June 14, 2012, that the organization’s new president and CEO is Nina Rees, an education reform veteran and former head of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement.

Posted: June 11, 2012

A series of panel discussions at the 2012 National Charter Schools Conference will focus on U.S. Department of Education programs and activities that support charter schools, including presentations focused on military families, charter-district collaboration, and federal funding opportunities.

Posted: June 8, 2012

The final application period for the $285 million Teacher Incentive Fund 2012 competition has been announced by the U.S. Department of Education, which expects to award about 30 grants ranging from $500,000 to $12 million for first-year funding. Charter schools are eligible and applications are due July 27, 2012.

Posted: May 25, 2012

Collaboration among district and charter schools, transparency of operations, the role of foreign interests, and the distribution of federal funds are among the issues covered in changes to charter school laws in South Carolina, Tennessee, and Minnesota in May and late April 2012.

In South Carolina, the governor on May 14, 2012, signed into law a bill with extensive changes impacting charter schools, according to an Associated Press article carried by Education Week.

Posted: May 9, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education has announced 73 grants totaling about $24.4 million to support professional development for teachers and other educational personnel who work in elementary and secondary school classrooms with English learners.

The grants go to higher education institutions that partner with local school districts or state education agencies, projects that in some cases involve charter schools.

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