Charter Schools

Students at the Roots and Wings Community School in Questa, New Mexico, enjoy outdoor time with goats at their rural charter school.

Three Factors Critical to Rural Charter Schools’ Success

Visitors to charter schools in Questa, New Mexico; Quincy, Florida; Starbuck, Minnesota; and Prescott Valley, Arizona, found some common ingredients.

As New York Charters Turn 20, Let Good Schools Flourish

Twenty years ago this summer, I was a founder of the first charter school in New York state: the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem.
Senator Tim Scott refers to school choice as a civil rights issue.

Segregation and the School Choice Movement

When the Ku Klux Klan wanted to outlaw private schools
President Clinton addresses the National Education Summit in Palisades, N.Y., Wednesday March 27, 1996.

The Federal Charter Schools Program: A Short, Opinionated History

Avoiding the ‘rigidities and often dysfunction of local school districts’ yielded a success
Link to Forbes

Boston Charter Study Tells Story About Limits of Test Scores

“It is all too common for researchers to misinterpret the policy implications of these experiments, even when they are properly conducted.”
Ray Budde gives a presentation, 1972.

The “Obscure Educator” Who Invented Charter Schools

A new history is a reminder of Ray Budde’s remarkable achievement
Link to Chalkbeat article

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.

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.

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