Alex Medler

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Education Consultant
Boulder, Colorado

Alex Medler is a national expert on charter school policy who has worked in education reform since the earliest days of the charter movement. Most recently, he directed policy and advocacy for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He chaired the board of state-wide charter authorizer in Colorado; directed research and policy development for the Colorado Children’s Campaign; led national activities for the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program; and directed charter school and school choice work for the Education Commission of the States.

He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado Boulder, and lives in Boulder with his wife and two children.

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Posted May 25, 2016
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Charter Schools Are Graduating Students in High Numbers, But Here Are Some That Aren’t

If you need a pick-me-up inspiration after a long hard year of working on education, nothing lifts your spirits like…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Mar. 29, 2016
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Yes, Rural Areas Can Benefit From Charter Schools, Too

The potential of charter schools in rural communities is often bypassed in discussions around education. Charter schools are achieving impressive…

By Mukta Pandit, Alex Medler

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016
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Learning From a Charter School Turnaround in Memphis

Sometimes the best way to get the hang something tricky is to learn from others’ experiences. As National School Choice…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Jan. 25, 2016
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Don’t Let the Party Poopers Ruin Your #SchoolChoiceWeek

It’s National School Choice Week, an annual celebration of all the forms of school choice. More than 16,000 separate events…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Jan. 12, 2016
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A Practical Approach to Closing For-Profit Charter Schools

National for-profit charter school operators have increasingly been in the press lately, and not for good reasons. Based on how…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Dec. 2, 2015
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A Look at Charter Schools and Students With Disabilities

Today is national Special Education Day, which is an excellent time to discuss what we know about charter schools and…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Oct. 28, 2015
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PlayStation or Online Charters? Either Way, You Get the Same Results

Thanks to a trio of studies by respected research shops, we have a solid look at full-time cyber charter schools. And…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Oct. 13, 2015
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And the Charter School Grant Goes to…Ohio? Let Me Explain

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced $157 million in grants to charter schools. Eight of 27 states that applied…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Sep. 30, 2015
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Here’s How (and When) to Defend Charter Schools

Despite all the success in the charter sector, there are some people who refuse to admit anything is going well,…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Sep. 14, 2015
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Here’s Why I’m Optimistic About Charter Schools in Washington State

Recently, the Washington Supreme Court declared the state’s hard-won charter school law unconstitutional. The case threatens more than 1,200 kids…

By Alex Medler

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Posted May 26, 2016
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An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers

Dear White Conservative Education Reformers, I am an African-American teacher in the ’hood and I come in peace. I want to thank you for the…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 26, 2016
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From ‘Great Migration’ to ‘First Generation’

My grandparents traveled from Mississippi to Chicago during the Great Migration. My grandfather, Robert Thompson, was a hard worker who took a job at a…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted May 24, 2016
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Here’s How We ‘Make America Great Again’: Support First-Generation College Students

Rumor has it that someone wants to make America great again. Unfortunately, our country wasn’t always great—many citizens were not seen, heard or valued. My…

By Chastity Lord

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