Alex Medler

Guest Blogger

Education Consultant

Boulder, Colorado

Alex Medler is Senior Director of the National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) with Safal Partners. Medler is a national expert on charter school policy who has worked in education reform since the earliest days of the charter movement. Through Safal Partners, Medler also advises foundations, state education agencies, charter authorizers and other clients in the U.S. and overseas. Prior to joining Safal Partners, he directed policy and advocacy for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 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 Jan. 31, 2017

Here’s Why One Charter School Believes Diversity Is the Future

There is a small but growing number of leaders engaging in intentionally diverse charter schools. To understand these schools and…

By Nora Kern, Alex Medler

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Posted Aug. 9, 2016

How Charter School Leaders Improved Their Approaches to Discipline

In the debate about charter school discipline, the voices of people who work in charter schools deserve more attention. Many…

By Mukta Pandit, Alex Medler

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Posted June 9, 2016

Say What You Will, Online Charter School Graduation Rates Are Still Too Low

Mary Gifford, representing K12 Inc., the nation’s largest provider of full-time online education, takes exception to analysis that she considers…

By Alex Medler

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Posted May 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Aug. 17, 2018

It’s Time to Transform Our Schools, and Teachers Should Lead It

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Posted Aug. 17, 2018

How Kunjan Narechania Is Working to Deliver Autonomy, Accountability, Equity and Choice in New Orleans

This is the third in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

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