Charter Schools

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.

EdNext Podcast: How Charter Schools Can Avoid Financial Traps

One of the key advantages charter schools have is the flexibility to start from scratch financially. However, that advantage can quickly erode if charter schools make the same decisions as their district predecessors when it comes to spending on buildings, employees, and retirees. Marty West and Robin Lake discuss pitfalls that charter school entrepreneurs and those who support them need to avoid.

EdNext Podcast: Designing a Blended Learning School

What should schools look like in order to succeed with blended learning? Marty West talks with Larry Kearns about how he and his team designed two charter schools to support their blended learning models.

EdNext Podcast: How Does Parental Satisfaction Vary Across School Sectors?

Two new studies compare the views of charter school parents to the views of private school and district school parents.

EdNext Podcast: Should Massachusetts Allow More Charter Schools?

In November, voters will have a chance to weigh in directly on the state's charter school policy. Should they vote to allow more charter schools? Which direction does the evidence point?

Charter Schools Narrow Achievement Gaps in New York City

Podcast: Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk about Caroline Hoxby's random assignment study of student achievement in charter schools in New York City.

Charter Schools, Unions, and Linking Teachers with Student Achievement Data

Podcast: Education Next's Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. discuss the week’s education news, including an announcement that a charter school in Massachusetts has signed a collective bargaining agreement with its teachers, an agreement that includes merit pay.

Charter Schools in Albany

Podcast: Peter Meyer tells Education Next how the city of Albany hit the jackpot: high-quality charter schools, and lots of them.

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