In the News: New Democratic Divide on Charter Schools Emerges, as Support Plummets Among White Democrats

The divide may factor into the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination and into debates about education reform.

Supporting Students Outside the Classroom

Can wraparound services improve academic performance?

A Life Lesson In Civics

How Democracy Prep Charter Schools Boost Student Voting

In the News: California’s K-12 Enrollment Drops Again, Charter Schools See Increase

The number of students enrolled in California public schools this year dropped compared to last year. Declines like this make budgeting a difficult art.

In the News: School Choice and Lotteries in D.C., New Orleans, and Beyond

As public school choice grows, more cities are relying on centralized application processes to match as many students as possible to their top-ranked schools.

Resilience, Hope, and the Power of the Collective: What Puerto Rico Can Teach the States about Education Reform

People don’t talk about “scaling” solutions in Puerto Rico. They create solutions and hope that others will do the same.

In the News: Millennials Are More Likely to Support School Choice — a SXSWedu Panel Reveals Why

According to recent polls, adults who were born between 1981 and 1996 tend to think favorably about charter schools, vouchers, and other types of education options.

Health Benefit Costs Represent a Serious Threat to Charter School Success

Rising health benefit costs are eroding total teacher compensation and eating into budgets reserved for other mission-critical areas at charter schools across the country.

EdNext Podcast: Tom Boasberg’s Legacy in Denver

As superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Tom Boasberg implemented a wide array of unconventional reforms, building a coalition based on pragmatism and a shared belief that change was a long overdue moral imperative. Boasberg talks with Ed Next editor-in-chief Marty West about his decade-long effort to improve Denver’s schools.

Turkey’s Fight Against U.S. Charters

An autocrat declares war on high-performing American schools

Charter Schools and Segregation: What the Research Says

When charter schools serving mostly minority students outperform nearby district schools that also serve mostly minority students, what does this tell us about charter schools and segregation?

The Education Exchange: KIPP Schools and the Charter Sector Continue to Evolve

Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how the KIPP network is adapting to changes in the charter sector.

EdNext Podcast: How Did Massachusetts Charter Schools Become the Best in the Country?

Does Massachusetts really have the best charter schools in the country? If it does, why is the charter sector growing so slowly in the state? Marty West talks with Cara Stillings Candal, the author of a new book on charter schools in Massachusetts, The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation.

The Fight for the Best Charter Schools in the Country: What Massachusetts Got Right and Wrong

One year in a Massachusetts charter school adds 40 days of additional learning in math and 28 days in reading compared to the schools from which students came.

How Does Charter Expansion Affect School District Finances and Student Achievement? New Evidence from Massachusetts

States seeking to ensure that all students benefit as they expand their charter sectors may want to consider the Massachusetts model.

What Governors Should Know About K-12 School Quality and the Economy

A governor’s efforts to improve a state’s economy must include strengthening K-12 school quality.

EdStat: On the 2018 EdNext poll, public backing for charter schools has increased by 5 percentage points

After a substantial drop in support for charter schools last year, the 2018 EdNext poll finds that public backing for charter schools has increased by 5 percentage points this past year, to 44%, with 35% opposed.

EdStat: To Date, 75 Percent of Charter Schools in New Orleans Have Adopted High-Quality Curricula

Kunjan Narechania discusses on the EdNext blog.

EdStat: Charter Schools Have Gained a Substantial Following in Louisiana, Where 148 Charters Now Serve more than 80,000 Students

But charters have also attracted opposition from many school districts and teachers.

Judging Choice

Court victory for charter schools in Louisiana

EdStat: During the Last School Year, the Number of Charter Schools in California Grew by 1.6 Percent

This is even lower than last year’s rate of 1.9 percent.

What We’re Watching: Can Charter Schools Survive Polarization and Populism?

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Fordham Institute hosted a panel discussion on changing support for charter schools featuring Charles Barone, Carlos Marquez, Nina Rees, and Mike Petrilli.

A Charter Sector Godfather Steps Back

Linda Brown this week announced she was stepping down as CEO of Boston-based Building Excellent Schools.

In the News: In Reversal, PBC Schools Chief Says to Exclude Charters in Tax Push

In Palm Beach County, Florida, the school board is hoping to raise over $150 million a year in additional property tax revenues while preventing local charter schools from receiving any of the funds.

In New York City, Charter Schools are Accomplishing Something Exam Schools Aren’t

Increasing the number of low-income students of color who are on track to attend selective colleges and universities is already being done by the city’s charter schools.

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