Charter 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.

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.

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?

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