Resources & Research

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Accountability for All: The Need for Real Charter School Authorizer Accountability in Michigan

In this report, we provide the first comprehensive review of
Michigan charter authorizers’ track records of school performance
and a first-ever letter grade scorecard for charter authorizers in
Michigan. Through this report, we also aim to:
• Inform: Provide nonpartisan data and information to
inform the growing policy debate about the Michigan
charter sector’s quality and accountability.
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Tennesse Charter School Center: State of the Sector Report

A comprehensive review of the developments in Tennessee's charter space to then end of 2013-2014 school year. 

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The Condition of Education: 2014 in Review

This comprehensize report includes essential information on charter schools: Section 9 on Charter School Enrollment & Section16 on Characteristics of Traditional Public and Public Charter Schools.

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El Sol Multimedia Case Study

The mission of El Sol Science and Arts Academy (El Sol) is to provide a rigorous academic environment that prepares students for entrance into a college preparatory track at the high school of their choice and to create a culture of kindness, creativity, courage, and honesty that will permit our graduates to assume leadership roles in the 21st Century.

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Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools & Students, 2014-2015

Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools & Students, 2014-2015

A state by state estimate of charter enrollment

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Charter School Programs Authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: A Primer

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are created in accordance with state laws and are publicly funded and tuition free. They are operated according to the terms of charters or contracts granted by public chartering agencies. The terms of charters typically provide charter school operators with increased autonomy over the operation of schools, often including exemptions from, or flexibility in the application of, many of the state or local regulations otherwise applicable to public schools.
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Equity at Scale: How Public Charter School Networks Can Innovate and Improve Services for Students with Disabilities

This brief offers public charter school networks ways to affect and strengthen the special education offerings for students enrolled in networked public charter schools.
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Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts

This First Look report presents data on public elementary and secondary education revenues and expenditures at the local education agency (LEA) or school district level for fiscal year (FY) 2012.
•Revenue and expenditure totals by state and the 100 largest LEAs; Specifically, this report includes findings from the following types of school finance data:
•LEA revenues by federal, state, and local revenues by source;
•Expenditures by function and object totals by state;
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Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2014 Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence

A comprehensive analysis of all proposed and enacted virtual school legislation in 50 states during the 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions enables tracking whether legislative trends reflect a legislative focus on strengthening accountability and oversight of virtual schools.

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2014 Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning

Digital learning is replacing the previous reference to online and blended learning. This seemingly small word change signifies a significant evolution in the landscape, and a major change in the way we are analyzing and reporting on it. A small but growing number of school districts were also beginning to establish full-time online programs accessible to students regionally and across individual states.