Resources & Research

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Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

This 2013 report from the PEW Charitable Trusts focuses on the use of closed public school district buildings in 12 cities. The report notes that charter schools have occupied 42 percent of the surplus buildings in the cities since 2005 and that more than 300 unused sites remain.

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Connecting Research to Practice: The Effects of Charter Schools—A Forum on Research, Practice, and Authorizing Policy

REL Midwest hosted this December 2011 webinar for policymakers, practitioners, and stakeholders across all seven REL Midwest states to increase their understanding of the research on charter school effectiveness and authorizing policies in the region. Dr. Mark Berends of the National Center on School Choice provided an overview of findings from rigorous research evaluating charter school effectiveness and identified specific evidence-based practices associated with high-performing charter schools.

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Charter Schools Gain Broad Support Nationally; Laws Evolve in Illinois and Wisconsin

This feature article from the Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center's October 2011 E-Newsletter offers a review of the charter school landscape in Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as in its national context.

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Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

This study, conducted by RAND researchers, used student-level data to compare public charter schools in Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, Denver, Milwaukee, and the states of Ohio, Texas, and Florida, with traditional public schools.