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 June 23, 2016

Apologies for a Bad Tweet

Last week I posted a tweet I regret. It was poorly done and I sincerely apologize for any offense I…

By Alex Medler

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Posted June 9, 2016
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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
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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…

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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…

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Posted June 21, 2016
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How These Undocumented Latino Students Are Finding Their Way to College

The California Dream Act took effect in 2013, giving undocumented youth in the state an unprecedented path to college. But faced with too few counselors…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted June 23, 2016
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Invisible (Wo)man: How the Struggles of Black Girls in School Go Unnoticed

I recently sat with four colleagues during a school-based professional development session on diversity. There was a Jewish woman, a Mexican woman, a White man,…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted June 22, 2016
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Coffee Break: Heart of Los Angeles’ Tony Brown on Why He Drinks Decaf and Helping Kids Find Their Passion

Tony Brown is the executive director of Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), a nonprofit organization in the Rampart district that provides after-school academic and arts…

By Caroline Bermudez

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