Greg Richmond

Posted Mar. 30, 2017

Like Beyoncé, Charter Schools Are Evolving and Improving. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

Recent reports on the state of the sector from two major charter organizations—National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) and National Association of Charter School…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Dec. 13, 2016

Even Critics Have to Acknowledge When Charter Schools Are Working

I am typically a fierce critic of Professor Bruce Baker but recently I found myself in the delightful position of praising his scholarship. Not all…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 12, 2016

Believe It or Not, Teachers Unions and Charter School Supporters Share a Lot of Common Ground

If you believe the heated rhetoric in recent weeks over court rulings on teacher tenure and the unionization efforts at public charter schools, the teachers…

By Greg Richmond

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Posted Jan. 4, 2016

Charter Schools at Age 25: Three Strengths and Three Weaknesses

Charter schools turn 25 this year. Are they working the way people thought? That’s hard to say because there have always been multiple competing theories…

By Greg Richmond

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Posted Mar. 6, 2015

Louisiana Is Right to Close This Charter School

Charter schools are about more than just test scores. They also have an obligation to treat all students fairly and appropriately and to spend public…

By Greg Richmond

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Posted Dec. 23, 2014

2014 in Review: Our Top Posts on Charters and School Choice

We know support for school choice and charters remains high among parents and the general public, but we also know that the headlines are often…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Dec. 4, 2014

Stronger Accountability Laws Mean Better Charters

Accountability is part of the charter school DNA, but a new state-by-state review of charter school state policies by the National Association of Charter School…

By Greg Richmond

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Posted Nov. 20, 2014

A Nuanced View of ‘No-Excuses’ in New Orleans

As we look for ways to improve the fairness and effectiveness of student discipline policies—especially around suspensions—we must be willing to take a real look…

By Greg Richmond

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Posted Oct. 13, 2014

NYC New Accountability System Focuses on Right Measures in the Wrong Way

There are things to like in NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s new plan to evaluate the city’s schools, from the focus on multiple measures to the…

By Greg Richmond

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Posted Sep. 26, 2014

President Bill Clinton is Right to Demand Excellence From Charter Schools

President Bill Clinton reminded Democrats this week why they should support charter schools—and how. As first reported by the Huffington Post, speaking at a dinner…

By Greg Richmond

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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