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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 Feb. 23, 2017

To the NAACP: Rescind the Moratorium and Work With Us to Improve Charter School Oversight

In response to public outcry over its call for a charter moratorium, the NAACP is on a listening tour across the country to learn more…

By Karega Rausch

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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 Nov. 30, 2016

We Got Our Hands on Unionized Charter School Teacher Contracts and Here’s What We Found

What stands out most about the debate around unionizing charter schools, however, is how shockingly little we know about what it even means. …

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Sep. 26, 2016

Students Need Respect, Not Admiration.

Adults admire students who stand up to have their voices heard. Reformers share their stories and news outlets report on the integration of student voice.…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Aug. 12, 2016

Choice and Segregation in Durham, North Carolina

Rita Rathbone, Ed.D., is a teacher and magnet coordinator at a traditional public school in Durham, North Carolina, who is concerned that the emergence of…

By Rita Rathbone

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Posted Aug. 9, 2016

Stop Blaming Black and Brown Kids and Learn From Schools That Get Discipline Right

After U.S. Education Secretary John King encouraged charters to rethink their discipline policies, many of the ensuing conversations have been problematic. As someone who has…

By Karega Rausch

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Posted June 17, 2016

Virtual Charter Schools Are Failing Students. Here’s Some Solutions.

It’s no secret: I think charter schools need to be watched like a hawk to make sure they’re giving kids the best possible opportunity to…

By Valentina Korkes

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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 May 9, 2016

Ask the Right Questions About Charter School Graduation Rates

A few years ago, the California Charter School Association revealed Golden State charter performance didn’t align to the usual bell-shaped curve, but instead was clustered…

By Nelson Smith

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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