Good Reads for National Charter Schools Week

NCSW-Logo-2014 2President Obama has declared May 4-10 National Charter Schools Week.

Here’s our recommended reading list of articles that highlight what is going on in the world of charter schooling under three headings: charter superstars, hot-button issues, and charter schools and politics.

Charter superstars

High Scores at BASIS Charter Schools

looks at BASIS charter schools in Arizona, whose students outscore kids in Shanghai.

Work Hard. Be Nice. 

tells the story of how the KIPP network of charter schools got started.

The Softer Side of ‘No Excuses’

describes what it is really like to attend a KIPP charter school.

‘No Excuses’ Kids Go to College

explores how some charter schools are taking extra steps to help their graduates make it to college and succeed there. (This article won the award for best feature by an education organization or expert, presented by the Education Writers Association earlier this year.)

Hot-button issues

Competition with Charters Motivates Districts

looks at how charter schools influence nearby district schools

A Closer Look at Charter Schools and Segregation

examines the evidence on whether charter schools contribution to segregation.

Diverse Charter Schools

looks at schools, often in gentrifying areas, that try to attract and serve a racially and/or socioeconomically diverse student body.

Brand-Name Charters

is about successful charter franchises and how they grow.

Politics and charter schools

Boston and the Charter School Cap

looks at the role charter schools are playing in Boston and at political debates over whether there should be more charter schools there.

The Mayors’ Charter Schools

investigates a special type of charter school in Rhode Island which must have a city’s mayor leading the board of the school.

—Education Next

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