$800,000 fedeRal taxpayer planning Funds for another independent madison charter school

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction approved 11 awards totaling more than $7 million in federal funds to plan, open, or expand charter schools in the state. The department received 21 grant applications, requesting a total of $13.9 million. “Charter schools are one way for educators to innovate and engage … Continue reading $800,000 fedeRal taxpayer planning Funds for another independent madison charter school

Do Charter Schools Replicate?

Wall Street Journal: The paper’s authors, three professors of economics or education policy, explain what happened after Massachusetts raised its charter cap in 2010. The state set rules encouraging successful charter schools—deemed “proven providers”—to seed new campuses. Most follow a “no excuses” framework, with high expectations and a low tolerance for misbehavior. After the cap … Continue reading Do Charter Schools Replicate?

Do Charter Schools Cause Fiscal Distress in School Districts?

Center on Reinventing Public Education: Districts must no longer pay to educate students who transfer to publicly funded charter schools but they must still pay costs that can’t be adjusted immediately as school enrollment changes. Since 2017 critics in California and nationwide have claimed charter school growth undermines school district finances and forces cuts in … Continue reading Do Charter Schools Cause Fiscal Distress in School Districts?

Teachers unions look for return on Newsom investment with anti-charter school bills

Mark Bucher: California teachers unions were the biggest donor to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s election campaign last year, giving him $1.2 million taken from teachers’ paychecks in the form of union dues. Now they’re looking for a return on investment with a legislative package that would cripple the growth of their charter school competitors. Assembly Bills … Continue reading Teachers unions look for return on Newsom investment with anti-charter school bills

Assessing charter schools’ impact on districts is too important to get wrong

Robin Lake: Several months ago I critiqued a report by Dr. Gordon Lafer that was published by In the Public Interest (ITPI), a think tank that has long been critical of charter schools and recently helped rally supporters of a five-year moratorium on new charters. Unfortunately, the report continues to inform policy deliberations in California, … Continue reading Assessing charter schools’ impact on districts is too important to get wrong

Murphy’s troubling failure to defend charter school success

Tom Moran: The New Jersey Education Association just revived its call for a freeze on the growth of charter schools, a declaration of war from a muscular union that spends more on lobbying and campaigns than any other special interest group in the state, by far. So, this is a serious threat, especially in Newark, … Continue reading Murphy’s troubling failure to defend charter school success

An Unlikely Bargain: Why Charter School Teachers Unionize and What Happens When They Do

Ashley Jochim and Lesley Lavery: For nearly two decades teachers unions and charter schools have formed an “us vs. them” narrative that pits one against the other. Unionization efforts by charter school teachers could scramble that narrative. With this report we set out to understand trends in charter school unionization, document teachers’ motivations for unionizing, … Continue reading An Unlikely Bargain: Why Charter School Teachers Unionize and What Happens When They Do

Wisconsin Governor Evers seeks to freeze voucher school enrollment and suspend charter school expansion

Molly Beck: He said in the Milwaukee program especially, enrollment freezes in private voucher schools would disproportionately affect children of color living in low-income households. “Most of our families don’t have the kind of income where they would have realistic choices,” he said at the time. Under Evers’ proposal, voucher schools also would be banned … Continue reading Wisconsin Governor Evers seeks to freeze voucher school enrollment and suspend charter school expansion

UW rejects application for independent Madison charter school

Chris Rickert: According to emails released to the State Journal under the state’s open records law, Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham on Sept. 10 asked her chief of staff, Ricardo Jara, and other front-office officials whether Arbor was “worth trying to stop? Or change somehow? If so, how?” Cheatham expressed the district’s opposition to the school in … Continue reading UW rejects application for independent Madison charter school

The Unwritten Story of Chicago’s Charter School Teacher Strike: Unions See Walkouts as Survival Tool

Mike Antonucci: The Acero charter school network and the Chicago Teachers Union reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract early Sunday, bringing to an end a four-day teacher strike. It was the first strike of charter school employees in U.S. history. This singular event garnered a great deal of press coverage. Several narratives were … Continue reading The Unwritten Story of Chicago’s Charter School Teacher Strike: Unions See Walkouts as Survival Tool

Charter school backers spent millions on statewide California races in 2018. They still lost twice.

Sophia Bollag: When former charter school executive Marshall Tuck called Assemblyman Tony Thurmond to concede over the weekend, it marked another defeat for charter-school advocates in California. Thurmond was elected California’s top education official in the wave that led more liberal-leaning voters to cast ballots. Although both are Democrats, Thurmond had the party’s endorsement. He … Continue reading Charter school backers spent millions on statewide California races in 2018. They still lost twice.

How the Charter School Wars Turned an Obscure Race Into California’s Second Most Expensive Election

Rachel Cohen: The California charter school lobby is testing its influence in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, turning an election for a somewhat obscure statewide position into a notably expensive battle. More than $50 million has flown into the contest between two Democrats for a nonpartisan office with little statutory power. For perspective, … Continue reading How the Charter School Wars Turned an Obscure Race Into California’s Second Most Expensive Election

What Spurred a 98% Strike Vote by LA Teachers? Plutocrats Pushing Charter Schools

Bruce Vail: Public school teachers in Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly in late August to authorize a strike over stalled contract negotiations, but the issues really energizing the union membership go far beyond a new contract. Instead, say union leaders and rank-and-file members, the teachers are growing increasingly alarmed at a small clique of billionaires that … Continue reading What Spurred a 98% Strike Vote by LA Teachers? Plutocrats Pushing Charter Schools

Do Charter Schools Take Districts’ Money? Only If You Think Children, and the Funding That Comes With Them, Are District Property

James Shuls: ow would you respond if you stumbled across a headline that asked, “How much do farmers markets cost Walmart?” It’s a ridiculous question. It presupposes that the customer belongs to Walmart; that any time the individual chooses to buy cucumbers from a local grower or salsa from an aspiring entrepreneur, he or she … Continue reading Do Charter Schools Take Districts’ Money? Only If You Think Children, and the Funding That Comes With Them, Are District Property

Public Support Climbs for Teacher Pay, School Expenditures, Charter Schools, and Universal Vouchers

Albert Cheng, Michael B. Henderson, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West: Education’s political landscape has shifted dramatically over the past year. To the consternation of most school-district officials, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos used the bully pulpit to promote charter schools, vouchers, and tax credits for private-school scholarships. To the distress of teachers unions, … Continue reading Public Support Climbs for Teacher Pay, School Expenditures, Charter Schools, and Universal Vouchers

Myth Busted: Public Charter Schools Do Not “Cream” District Students

Ildi Laczko-Kerr and Eileen Sigmund: Contrary to the common myth that charters skim the “cream of the crop” from school districts, the average student who transferred to a charter school over the summer in 2015 from a district school performed below the state average on AzMERIT in both math and English language arts. At the … Continue reading Myth Busted: Public Charter Schools Do Not “Cream” District Students

Let’s talk about King LeBron’s Wink-Wink ‘totally-not-a-charter-school’ Charter School

Citizen Stewart: I mention that routine because last week I felt like a victim of Sandburg’s non-wrath when Twitter’s anti-school reform voices suggested school reformers were wearing facial egg because “King” LeBron James’ celebrated new school opened in Akron, Ohio as a “traditional” public school rather than a charter. Frankly, I didn’t get the joke. … Continue reading Let’s talk about King LeBron’s Wink-Wink ‘totally-not-a-charter-school’ Charter School

Understanding the Complexities of Charter School Financing in Milwaukee

Anne Chapman, Betsy Mueller and Rob Henken: Because enrollment is the primary driver of Wisconsin’s system of funding K-12 schools, a shrinking student population is one of the foremost financial challenges MPS faces. In a 2012 analysis of MPS’ fiscal condition,3 we noted that one of the strategies MPS had adopted to help stabilize its … Continue reading Understanding the Complexities of Charter School Financing in Milwaukee

Why nearly 1,000 families are clamoring to get into Spokane’s charter schools

Wilson Criscione: “I wasn’t challenged at all,” Thompson, 15, tells the Inlander. After hearing his friends rave about Innovation High School, a Spokane charter school connected to PRIDE Prep Middle School, he asked his mom, Crystal Benvenuti, if he could try to get in. After spending months on the waitlist, Thompson recently found out he’ll … Continue reading Why nearly 1,000 families are clamoring to get into Spokane’s charter schools

A Closer Look at Wait Lists in Urban Public Charter Schools

Susan Pendergrass & Nora Kern: Improving the quality of public education in our nation’s cities is a top priority for civic leaders. Beyond its impact on property values, the availability of safe, high-quality schools can have a substantial effect on the quality of life in urban neighborhoods, much like grocery stores, parks, and jobs that … Continue reading A Closer Look at Wait Lists in Urban Public Charter Schools

LAUSD’s Fiscal Crisis Can’t be Blamed on Charter Schools or Declining Enrollment

Lisa Snell: Los Angeles Unified School District has lost 245,000 students over the last 15 years. Officials frequently claim charter schools are taking students and causing LAUSD’s budget crisis in the process. But a new report shows the district’s spending, including its hiring of more administrators as enrollment drops, is to blame. A new Reason … Continue reading LAUSD’s Fiscal Crisis Can’t be Blamed on Charter Schools or Declining Enrollment

Behind the Consulting Firm Raking In Millions From D.C. Charter Schools

Darrow Montgomery: That’s a D.C. charter school administrator’s assessment of TenSquare, one of the city’s most connected, lucrative, and controversial charter consulting companies. And true to his word, he was talking anonymously. Not many people feel comfortable discussing TenSquare publicly. Even in education circles, most people have never heard of TenSquare, a national for-profit consulting … Continue reading Behind the Consulting Firm Raking In Millions From D.C. Charter Schools

Charter Schools, Segregation, and Anxiety About Social Cohesion

: A new book on charter schools and segregation, whose senior editor, Iris Rotberg, I first worked with in 1970 on the War on Poverty, has reminded me how tribally divided the policy research field has become. The book is worth reading as a step toward a still-needed non-tribal discussion of schooling for democracy. Choosing … Continue reading Charter Schools, Segregation, and Anxiety About Social Cohesion

Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte need more charter schools in poor areas, report says

T Keung Hui and Ann Doss Helms: Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte are home to many charter schools, but a new national report says those three areas are filled with places where lower-income families don’t have access to these non-traditional public schools. A new report from the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute says there are hundreds … Continue reading Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte need more charter schools in poor areas, report says

Minnesota Department of Human Rights reaches agreements with ten school districts, charter schools to reduce disparities in suspensions for students with disabilities, students of color, charges filed against 2 districts

MDHR: Today, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) announced it has reached collaborative agreements with 10 Minnesota public school districts and charter schools to reduce the disparities in suspension and expulsion rates for students with disabilities and students of color and two school districts received charges of discrimination for educational discrimination. The school districts … Continue reading Minnesota Department of Human Rights reaches agreements with ten school districts, charter schools to reduce disparities in suspensions for students with disabilities, students of color, charges filed against 2 districts

Highest Court In Mass. Finds Cap On Charter Schools Constitutional

Max Larkin: Keri Rodrigues is one of those people. She’s an education activist who supported Question 2 in 2016. Now, she runs Massachusetts Parents United — an advocacy group supported in part by the pro-charter Walton Foundation. She has two sons who have tried and failed to get seats in a charter school. “Watching your … Continue reading Highest Court In Mass. Finds Cap On Charter Schools Constitutional

Charter Schools Are Not A “Republican” Thing History shows Democrats have supported charters from the very beginning

Peter Cook: As I noted earlier this week, a group of anti-reform activists in Colorado recently passed an amendment to the state Democratic Party platform opposing the Colorado chapter of Democrats for Education Reform and calling on the organization drop “Democrats” from its name.1 Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time DFER has been attacked by … Continue reading Charter Schools Are Not A “Republican” Thing History shows Democrats have supported charters from the very beginning

A New Tuition-Free Public Charter School, For Greater Madison’s Children

Via a kind email: What Does One City Offer? A Tuition-Free Public Charter School Full Day 4K and Kindergarten w/Joyful Children and Adults A Deep Commitment to School Readiness and Closing Gaps Strong Reading, Writing, Math and STEM Program Project-Based, Student Centered Learning Model Healthy Meals prepared by our Chef: Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Beautiful … Continue reading A New Tuition-Free Public Charter School, For Greater Madison’s Children

They want to open Kentucky charter schools, but only if the legislature changes its mind

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: People who want to open public charter schools in Kentucky have written Republican House Speaker David Osborne and Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, urging them to reconsider a decision not to create a funding mechanism for public charter schools. Time is running out because state legislators return to Frankfort Friday to begin … Continue reading They want to open Kentucky charter schools, but only if the legislature changes its mind

Howard Fuller withdraws proposal to locate charter school at Milwaukee North Division

Annysa Johnson: Fuller’s co-location proposal was taken up by the school board’s Charter School Review Panel on Feb. 27, according to a notice provided Friday by MPS’ Office of Board Governance. He declined to provide a copy of his proposal, and the district has yet to make it available in response to an open records … Continue reading Howard Fuller withdraws proposal to locate charter school at Milwaukee North Division

Charter Schools Have Positive Impact on Nearby Schools, Study Finds

Ashley Bateman: Charters have a “spillover” effect on nearby traditional government schools, and the closer the proximity to a charter school, the greater the positive effect on the students in the nearby schools, Sarah A. Cordes, assistant professor of policy, organizational, and leadership studies at Temple University, reports in “Charters and the Common Good: The … Continue reading Charter Schools Have Positive Impact on Nearby Schools, Study Finds

Teachers Unions Think 2020 Is When They Will Defeat The Charter School Democrats

Molly Hensley-Clancy: Five years ago, the debate over charter schools loomed over the Democratic Party, pitting some of the party’s most prominent members and biggest donors against teachers unions. But those days could be over. Opponents of charter schools and school choice believe the next two years could be a “tipping point” for their cause: … Continue reading Teachers Unions Think 2020 Is When They Will Defeat The Charter School Democrats

University of Wisconsin System Approves One City’s Charter School Application

Via a kind email: Dear Friends. Last night, we learned that our application to establish One City Senior Preschool as a public charter school serving children in 4 year-old and 5 year-old kindergarten was approved by the University of Wisconsin System. We are very excited! This action will enable us to offer a high quality, … Continue reading University of Wisconsin System Approves One City’s Charter School Application

U.S. Charter Schools Produce a Bigger Bang with Fewer Bucks

Corey DeAngelis: The evidence is in. And it’s great news for kids in charter schools. A just-released study by my colleagues at the University of Arkansas and me finds that, overall, public charter schools across eight major U.S. cities are 35 percent more cost-effective and produce a 53 percent higher return-on-investment (ROI) than residentially assigned … Continue reading U.S. Charter Schools Produce a Bigger Bang with Fewer Bucks

Unionized Charter Schools 2016-17

Public Charters: In 2010, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) collected data to determine the teachers’ union status of every charter school nationwide. Prior to the release of the 2010 report, the number of unionized charter schools was largely unknown. In 2009-10, the National Alliance reported that roughly 12 percent of charter … Continue reading Unionized Charter Schools 2016-17

Madison to see up to two independent charter schools open in fall 2018

Karen Rivedal: Independent charter schools are free to attend and open to all students, but Madison has never had any. Bennett’s office, opened in April 2016 within the UW System by state statute, has the ability to bypass local school boards and authorize charter schools in Madison and Milwaukee. Bennett said he liked the idea … Continue reading Madison to see up to two independent charter schools open in fall 2018

The Slowdown in Bay Area Charter School Growth: Causes and Solutions

Robin Lake, Trey Cobb, Roohi Sharma, Alice Opalka: Why Is Charter Growth Slowing? Lessons From the Bay Area Since 2013, charter school growth has slowed significantly across the country, and the trend is similar in the San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, the 2016-2017 school year marked the first time in at least 10 years … Continue reading The Slowdown in Bay Area Charter School Growth: Causes and Solutions

Rising tide of concerns at Milwaukee Public Schools are greater than the debate about one charter school

Alan Borsuk: There were at least 99 reasons not to close Kathryn T. Daniels University Preparatory Academy, Michael Bonds said over and over on Thursday night. What did the Milwaukee School Board member mean? This: On the school report cards issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction several months ago, 99 schools in the … Continue reading Rising tide of concerns at Milwaukee Public Schools are greater than the debate about one charter school

The GOP’s Biggest Charter School Experiment Just Imploded

James Pogue: The west side of Columbus, Ohio, is a flat expanse of one-story houses, grimy convenience stores, and dark barrooms, and William Lager, in his business wear, cut an unusual figure at the Waffle House on Wilson Road. Every day, almost without fail, he took a seat in a booth, ordered his bottomless coffee, … Continue reading The GOP’s Biggest Charter School Experiment Just Imploded

#EIE17: STRATEGY SESSION VIII – Turning the Tide: Tools to Promote Charter School Growth

Strategy Session VIII: Turning the Tide: Tools to Promote Charter School Growth. Recorded at the 2017 National Summit on Education Reform on Thursday, November 30 in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, only 329 new charter schools opened across the United States in 2016, down from 640 new charters in … Continue reading #EIE17: STRATEGY SESSION VIII – Turning the Tide: Tools to Promote Charter School Growth

A proposed Florida Constitutional amendment on Charter Schools

Greg Stanley: One proposal would allow the state to create a new body to license and govern charter schools. The amendment would allow charter schools to avoid getting approval from their district’s school board by potentially getting that approval and oversight from the state. The problem is school districts often do not want charter schools … Continue reading A proposed Florida Constitutional amendment on Charter Schools

Donors and Founders on Charter School Boards and Their Impact on Financial and Academic Outcomes

Charisse A. Gulosino Elif Şişli-Ciamarra: This study provides the first systematic analysis of the composition of charter school governing boards. We assemble a dataset of charter school boards in Massachusetts between 2001 and 2013 and investigate the consequences of donor and founder representation on governing boards. We find that the presence of donors on the … Continue reading Donors and Founders on Charter School Boards and Their Impact on Financial and Academic Outcomes

In a Deeply Flawed ‘Analysis,’ the Associated Press Blames Public Charter Schools for America’s Segregated Cities

Robin Lake, via a kind Deb Britt email: History repeats itself. Unfortunately, so does irresponsible analysis. For the 20 or so years that I’ve been studying charter schools, the attacks on charters have morphed over time. Early on, it was said that charter schools were going to admit only the most advantaged students. When that … Continue reading In a Deeply Flawed ‘Analysis,’ the Associated Press Blames Public Charter Schools for America’s Segregated Cities

The Legal Status of Charter Schools in State Statutory Law

Preston C. Green, III Bruce D. Baker Joseph O. Oluwole: Given the recent increase in charter schools as an alternative to the traditional public education system, this Article explores the legal status and position of charter schools. Charter schools exhibit many characteristics of private schools, particularly in terms of management, but also retain many public … Continue reading The Legal Status of Charter Schools in State Statutory Law

Does D.C. Charter Schools’ Autonomy Come at the Cost of Public Accountability? (How does this compare with traditional school governance?)

Rachel Cohen: On a Monday night in late April, the D.C. Public Charter School Board convened for its monthly meeting with plans to vote on new charter school applications. One network, DC Preparatory Academy, submitted two requests for expansion: one to increase their student enrollment ceiling, and one to open a new elementary and middle … Continue reading Does D.C. Charter Schools’ Autonomy Come at the Cost of Public Accountability? (How does this compare with traditional school governance?)

YOUNG SCHOLARS CHARTER SCHOOL ANNOUNCES SERIES OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS TO SUPPORT ANNUAL “EXPERIENCE WEEK”

Via a kind Matthew Frankel email: Broad Range of Small and Large Local Community Businesses Pledge their Support to Provide Students with Invaluable Work-Study Opportunity Philadelphia, PA – October 8, 2017 – Young Scholars Charter School announced today that is has forged twenty-two strategic partnerships with local businesses from around the Philadelphia area to support … Continue reading YOUNG SCHOLARS CHARTER SCHOOL ANNOUNCES SERIES OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS TO SUPPORT ANNUAL “EXPERIENCE WEEK”

Small Houston charter school pays top dollar to leader, owns luxury condo

Jacob Carpenter: For more than a decade, the leaders of Accelerated Intermediate Academy have run their small Houston charter school on a lean budget, paying teachers below-average salaries and educating kids in modest facilities resembling portable trailers. At the same time, the school’s superintendent, Kevin Hicks, has drawn an annual salary of about $250,000 – … Continue reading Small Houston charter school pays top dollar to leader, owns luxury condo

Launching a Preschool Movement and a Public Charter School in Dane County!

One City Early Learning Centers: A high quality preschool education, from birth to age 5, should be available and accessible to every child in the United States of America. Please join us on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 11:30am to 1:00pm for lunch and an important presentation and dialogue. We would like to get your … Continue reading Launching a Preschool Movement and a Public Charter School in Dane County!

You’re Invited: One City to Launch Preschool Movement and Charter School

One City Early Learning, via a kind Kaleem Caire email: A high quality preschool education, from birth to age 5, should be available and accessible to every child in the United States of America. Please join us on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 11:30am to 1:00pm for lunch and an important presentation and dialogue. We … Continue reading You’re Invited: One City to Launch Preschool Movement and Charter School

Commentary on Charter School Financial models, Compare to K-12 Districts

School Finance: About a year ago, I released this report: In which Gary Miron and I discuss various methods by which charter school operators work largely within existing policy constraints, to achieve financial gain. While working on this report, I explored various other topics that did not make the final cut, in part because I … Continue reading Commentary on Charter School Financial models, Compare to K-12 Districts

Wisconsin wins $95 million charter school grant

Wisconsin DPI, via a kind reader: Wisconsin won more than $95 million from a competitive, five-year federal grant for the Wisconsin Charter Schools Program, according to an announcement last week by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant, the largest in the country this year, will support the growth of high-quality charter schools, especially secondary … Continue reading Wisconsin wins $95 million charter school grant

When charter schools unionize, students learn more, study finds

Matt Barnum: When charter school teachers push to unionize, charter leaders often fight back. That’s happened in Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Unionizing, they argue, would limit the schools’ ability to innovate, ultimately hurting kids. But a new study of California schools finds that, far from harming student achievement, unionization of … Continue reading When charter schools unionize, students learn more, study finds

Teachers Union Document Reveals Master Plan for Unionizing Charter School Networks

Mike Antonucci: Over the past few years we have seen major efforts to unionize teachers in charter schools in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Some have been successful, others not, but teachers unions and their allies continue to hope they can make significant inroads in the charter school movement. These efforts face significant challenges, … Continue reading Teachers Union Document Reveals Master Plan for Unionizing Charter School Networks

Madison’s Status Quo Governance: Board Majority Rejects a Montessori (sort of) Charter School Proposal

Karen Rivedal: But Cheatham urged the board not to see it as an us-vs-them proposition, noting the charter school and its students would be fully part of the district if the contract was approved. The district also should “honor and value” grass-roots proposals that come from the community, she said, especially one like this promising … Continue reading Madison’s Status Quo Governance: Board Majority Rejects a Montessori (sort of) Charter School Proposal

UW System office seeks charter school proposals; Milwaukee market may be tapped out

Annysa Johnson: Bennett said he has had some interest in the Madison, though he declined to identify schools or individuals. If a school is authorized there, it would be the first in the city not chartered by the Madison Metropolitan School District, and only one of three independent charters — those not authorized by a … Continue reading UW System office seeks charter school proposals; Milwaukee market may be tapped out

Request for proposals open for Wisconsin’s first recovery charter school

“Everyone always asks, ‘Why are you so small?’ Well, there are not very many teenagers who want to admit that they have a drug or alcohol problem, or mental health issues. Parents don’t want to brag about that (either),” she said. “We are trying to break the stigma by having students feel good about themselves … Continue reading Request for proposals open for Wisconsin’s first recovery charter school

Independent (!) Charter School RFP: Madison OR Milwaukee (!)

University of Wisconsin System Office of Educational Opportunity, via a kind email: As home to the nation’s first public kindergarten, Wisconsin has a proud history of visionary educators incubating innovative educational opportunities for students, families, and their communities. The Office of Educational Opportunity is proud to be a partner in the Badger State’s living legacy … Continue reading Independent (!) Charter School RFP: Madison OR Milwaukee (!)

Commentary On Charter School Climate And Madison’s Non Diverse Governance

Alan Borsuk These reasons feed my thought that the forecast for creating independent charters outside Milwaukee isn’t strong, no matter what state law says. Under Gary Bennett, the UW System charter office has moved carefully. It does not want to create angry politics around schools in Madison or elsewhere. With the exception of plans to … Continue reading Commentary On Charter School Climate And Madison’s Non Diverse Governance

Charter schools do more than teach to the test: evidence from Boston

microeconomicinsights:: A growing body of evidence indicates that many urban charter schools boost the standardized test scores of disadvantaged students markedly. Attendance at oversubscribed charter schools in Boston for example—those with more applicants than seats—increases the test scores of low-income students by a third of a standard deviation a year, enough to eliminate the black-white … Continue reading Charter schools do more than teach to the test: evidence from Boston

NEA Policy Statement on Charter Schools – Final Version

National Education Association: Introduction Charter schools were initially promoted by educators who sought to innovate within the local public school system to better meet the needs of their students. Over the last quarter of a century, charter schools have grown dramatically to include large numbers of charters that are privately managed, largely unaccountable, and not … Continue reading NEA Policy Statement on Charter Schools – Final Version

On Charter School Accomplishment

relinqueshment: CREDO is the best national quasi-experimental data source we have, and its methodology holds up well in comparisons with experimental data. To the extent you’re suspicious of CREDO or of quasi-experimental design, Rand also did a national study on charters that looked exclusively at experimental studies. The authors found: “Consistent with many previous studies … Continue reading On Charter School Accomplishment

South Carolina Announces $250,000 Fellowships For Educators to Launch Top-Notch Charter Schools

Naomi Mix: Attention aspiring charter school leaders: South Carolina policymakers are looking to award hundreds of thousands of dollars to talented educators with the skills to launch their own charter schools. The South Carolina Public Charter School District is starting an incubator program aimed at cultivating high-performing charter schools to educate underserved, low-income and minority … Continue reading South Carolina Announces $250,000 Fellowships For Educators to Launch Top-Notch Charter Schools

CTA Prepping Charter School Moratorium Resolutions for Local School Boards

Mike Antonucci: The California Teachers Association approved a new business item that reads: CTA will develop and promote resolutions that local associations can introduce at school board meetings calling for county-wide and statewide moratoriums on new charter school authorizations. The union has promoted limits on the number of charter schools since the charter law was … Continue reading CTA Prepping Charter School Moratorium Resolutions for Local School Boards

Parents And Teachers Say Charter Schools Get These 4 Things Right

Madeleine Deliee: You’ve probably heard a lot about charter schools lately, but you may not know exactly what they are, or what makes them so popular in some circles—and controversial in others. Now, with the proposed federal budget devoting $500 million in funding to charter expansion across the United States, you’re likely to hear even … Continue reading Parents And Teachers Say Charter Schools Get These 4 Things Right

RFP 15196 – Educational Oversight of City of Milwaukee Charter Schools

City of Milwaukee: For this RFP, the City of Milwaukee is using a Bonfire portal for accepting and evaluating proposals digitally. All required documents are available for download on the Bonfire portal. Your submission must be uploaded, submitted, and finalized prior to the Closing Time of May 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM CST. We strongly … Continue reading RFP 15196 – Educational Oversight of City of Milwaukee Charter Schools

Charter schools meet demand for better education

Los Angeles Daily News: A new labor-backed study charges that California charter schools are opening schools where they aren’t needed, but parents – not special interests or governmental bodies – should be the final judges. The report from In the Public Interest criticizes charters for opening in areas where there is existing classroom space in … Continue reading Charter schools meet demand for better education

Boston charter school educator named national teacher of the year

James Vaznis: Sydney Chaffee’s (center) classroom lessons at Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester focus on the intersection of history and literature. By James Vaznis GLOBE STAFF APRIL 20, 2017 At Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester, Sydney Chaffee likes to put the spotlight on her students during a weekly schoolwide assembly — having them … Continue reading Boston charter school educator named national teacher of the year

Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

Maureen Kelleher: SYSTEM-GAMING HAS EXISTED FOR DECADES Ways to make hard-to-serve young people disappear from high school rolls have existed since well before Michelle Fine’s groundbreaking study on this problem, Framing Dropouts, was published in 1991. In the early 1980s, Fine discovered that only 20 percent of the freshmen who entered one of New York … Continue reading Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System

Heather Vogell and Hannah Fresques: Sunshine’s 455 students — more than 85 percent of whom are black or Hispanic — sit for four hours a day in front of computers with little or no live teaching. One former student said he was left to himself to goof off or cheat on tests by looking up … Continue reading ‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System

District Of Columbia Charter Schools: Multi-Agency Plan Needed to Continue Progress Addressing High and Disproportionate Discipline Rates

United States Government Accountability Office: Discipline rates (out-of-school suspension and expulsion rates) at District of Columbia (D.C.) charter schools dropped from school years 2011-12 through 2013-14 (the most recent years of national Department of Education data available). However, these rates remained about double the rates of charter schools nationally and slightly higher than D.C. traditional … Continue reading District Of Columbia Charter Schools: Multi-Agency Plan Needed to Continue Progress Addressing High and Disproportionate Discipline Rates

Charter School Enrollment Growth

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (PDF): Across the country, more than 300 new charter public schools opened in the fall of 2016. Charter schools are public schools that have exibility to meet students’ unique needs, while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Every year, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) … Continue reading Charter School Enrollment Growth

Are Charter Schools Good or Bad for Black Students

Graham Vyse: Black History Month began Wednesday, and this year’s theme is “The Crisis in Black Education.” According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the group that founded BHM—this crisis “has grown significantly in urban neighborhoods where public schools lack resources, endure overcrowding, exhibit a racial achievement gap, and … Continue reading Are Charter Schools Good or Bad for Black Students

University of Wisconsin System Charter School Opportunities, including Madison; Draft Recovery School Legislation

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, via Gary Bennett: The University interprets its responsibility to authorize charter schools as a part of a larger attempt to improve education for children and in this instance, the education of children in the City. Charter schools must have programs that provide quality education to urban students and address the critical issues … Continue reading University of Wisconsin System Charter School Opportunities, including Madison; Draft Recovery School Legislation

A Madison “instrumentality Charter School” Approved

Doug Erickson: Board member Mary Burke said it was critically important to her that the student body of the new charter school reflect the demographics of the overall district in terms of racial diversity and the percentages of students with special needs. The school’s founders and its supporters convinced her through their testimonials and their … Continue reading A Madison “instrumentality Charter School” Approved

As vote nears on Montessori (Instrumentality) charter school, questions remain on cost, staffing

Doug Erickson: The Madison School Board is poised to vote Monday on whether to create its first public Montessori charter school, a decision that appears to hinge on the level of risk board members are willing to accept. The district’s charter review committee says it cannot recommend approval of the proposal from Isthmus Montessori Academy … Continue reading As vote nears on Montessori (Instrumentality) charter school, questions remain on cost, staffing

Newsflash: Bruce Baker Analyzes Charter School Expansion and I’m Impressed

Laura Waters: I am typically a fierce critic of Professor Bruce Baker but this week I find myself in the delightful position of praising his scholarship. Not all of it, mind you, and I’ll get to that. But in his new analysis, “Exploring the Consequences of Charter School Expansion in U.S.Cities” published by the Economic … Continue reading Newsflash: Bruce Baker Analyzes Charter School Expansion and I’m Impressed

Madison’s Wright Middle School seeks to give up its charter school status

Doug Erickson: Wright Middle School, 1717 Fish Hatchery Road, is poised to give up its status as a charter school after 22 years. Kaleem Caire, a community member who has been heavily involved in helping the school discern its future, said the decision came about in part due to changes by the state Legislature. In … Continue reading Madison’s Wright Middle School seeks to give up its charter school status

Charter Schools and Milwaukee K-12 Governance

Alan Borsuk: Just when it seemed like the annual trends involving the education landscape of Milwaukee had become predictable and boring, a couple of unpredicted things happened. Around this time every year since 2008, I’ve put together a chart showing where Milwaukee children are getting a publicly funded education, sector by sector. I try not … Continue reading Charter Schools and Milwaukee K-12 Governance

What Massachusetts’ most expensive ballot initiative ever reveals about the bitter national debate over charter schools

Olivia Becker: Public opinion has been split but leans toward the “no” side on Question 2, according to recent polls. TV ads, fliers, and phone calls coming from both sides of the fight, have been relentless leading into Election Day. If the initiative passes, it will signal a prominent nod of support for the growing … Continue reading What Massachusetts’ most expensive ballot initiative ever reveals about the bitter national debate over charter schools

Teachers Union, CPS Read Charter School Cap Differently

Sarah Karp But Chicago Public Schools officials said the cap does not necessarily mean there’s a district-wide moratorium on expanding charter schools. “There’s plenty of room for high quality charter operators to apply and to go through our process,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. “There is not a moratorium and there’s room under the cap … Continue reading Teachers Union, CPS Read Charter School Cap Differently

NAACP’s Charter School Test: The venerable civil-rights group may sell out poor black children

Wall Street Journal The national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will vote this week on a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter schools. If they vote yes, they should also change their storied name because they will be voting to leave black children behind. Delegates to the NAACP … Continue reading NAACP’s Charter School Test: The venerable civil-rights group may sell out poor black children

Meet NJ’s Next Governor Who Will Vote For a National Charter School Moratorium on Saturday

Laura Waters: Allow me to take a wild guess: New Jersey’s newly-anointed next governor Phil Murphy has never stepped foot in a charter school. Yet on Saturday, he, along with the rest of the NAACP National Board, will vote to call for a moratorium on the expansion of charter schools. Now allow me a wish: … Continue reading Meet NJ’s Next Governor Who Will Vote For a National Charter School Moratorium on Saturday

Here’s Why Some Black Leaders Are Fighting the NAACP Over Charter Schools

EDWIN RIOS AND KRISTINA RIZGA In late July, the NAACP called for a national moratorium on charter schools, claiming they target low-income and minority communities with practices mirroring the predatory subprime mortgage lending industry. Now a group of more than 160 black civic leaders is asking the civil rights group to reconsider, arguing that charters … Continue reading Here’s Why Some Black Leaders Are Fighting the NAACP Over Charter Schools

The cost of the charter school cap

Thomas Kane: IN NOVEMBER, VOTERS in Massachusetts will decide whether to raise the cap on charter school enrollment. The irony is that for most voters—those living in suburban and rural communities with charter enrollment far below the current cap—the vote is inconsequential. The charter cap applies to the percentage each school district’s spending which can … Continue reading The cost of the charter school cap

‘It’s Heartbreaking’: Boston Parents Ask Why Their Wealthy Neighbors Are Fighting Charter Schools

Richard Whitmire What’s the matter with Newton? That’s what Dawn Tillman wants to know. Why would her neighbors in the hyper-upscale Boston suburb of Newton, located just eight miles to the west, deny a KIPP charter high school to a kid in hyper-downscale Roxbury, where she lives? Not just any kid. Tillman is thinking of … Continue reading ‘It’s Heartbreaking’: Boston Parents Ask Why Their Wealthy Neighbors Are Fighting Charter Schools

Herding Cats: Managing Diverse Charter School Interests in Collaboration Efforts

Sean Gill, Sarah Yatsko, Robin Lake More than 23 cities have signed District-Charter Collaboration Compacts— formal agreements between school districts and charter schools that aim to share resources and responsibility and build trust and collegiality to ensure equal access to high-quality schools for all students. Yet, within the charter sector itself there are highly varied … Continue reading Herding Cats: Managing Diverse Charter School Interests in Collaboration Efforts

Politics, rhetoric, Achievement And Charter Schools

Thomas Sowell The one bright spot in black ghettos around the country are the schools that parents are free to choose for their own children. Some are Catholic schools, some are secular private schools and some are charter schools financed by public school systems but operating without the suffocating rules that apply to other public … Continue reading Politics, rhetoric, Achievement And Charter Schools

RFP 14843 – Management Oversight of City of Milwaukee Charter Schools

City of Milwaukee: The City of Milwaukee is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to provide management oversight services to the Charter School Review Committee (CSRC) as specified in Chapter 330-27 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances, including but not limited to board meeting attendance, school visits/monitoring, drafting reports to the CSRC, and review and administration … Continue reading RFP 14843 – Management Oversight of City of Milwaukee Charter Schools