Charter Schools

What’s the best school for my child?

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A great education is every child’s key to a great future. And every child deserves access to a high-quality public school — one that meets the child’s learning needs and unlocks the door to that great future.

Public-school choice is an essential part of unlocking that door.

Education is not one size fits all; children have different learning styles, and we need to provide all of our families with a range of high-quality public schools and empower them to find the right fit for their child.

What about Charter Schools?

High-quality charter schools help empower families.

Across the country, there are thousands of charter schools that are changing the lives of children, particularly in communities that have for decades suffered from a lack of high-quality educational opportunities.

Many high-quality charter schools are fostering innovation, offering specialized learning programs, and giving families choices.

Accountability is also an essential part of maximizing the power of choice.

Public charter schools — like traditional public schools — should be open to all kids, support and develop excellence in teaching, and show strong results in the classroom.

We need to give all families the power to choose the best public school for their child.

Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Three Things You Should Think About When Choosing a School for Your Kid

I am a first-generation college graduate who wants my daughter to be successful. Growing up in the Englewood community in Chicago, I was exposed to…

By Patrice Bledsoe

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Chicago’s Schools Are ‘Pretty Good,’ But That’s Not Good Enough

I have spent the last 15 years of my life committed to serving students across Chicago as a teacher and a leader. But today, I…

By Natalie Neris

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

Don’t Get Angry, Get Eva

Somehow, while managing a sprawling network of public charter schools serving 15,000 children, engaging in the day-to-day political combat of New York, and raising three…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 11, 2017

Just Because Trump and DeVos Like Charter Schools Doesn’t Mean You Can’t, Too

A while ago school choice policies were gaining steam across the country. Charter schools and vouchers were still somewhat controversial, but more and more people…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Sep. 10, 2017

Education, Politics, Media and Chicago

Paraphrasing Yogi Berra, education in Chicago is 50 percent teaching and learning and 90 percent money and politics. No matter how much we emphasize the…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 28, 2017

It Doesn’t Take Millions to Support Students’ Mental Health

Brand-new charter school Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) has already drawn national attention for its commitment to incorporating the latest in tech, including virtual reality, into…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

One Progressive Education Reformer’s Manifesto in the Age of Trump

Chalkbeat recently reported about a March meeting of progressive education reformers where former Education Secretary Arne Duncan encouraged charter leaders to resist the Trump administration’s…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Support for Charter Schools Is Down and Charter Operators Need to Take a Look in the Mirror

Today, a new poll released by Education Next shows that support for charter schools has fallen, both overall and among communities of color. You know…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 11, 2017

10 Ways Teachers Can Be ‘All In’ Like Jon Snow This School Year

(Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead. But like from Season 6, so no excuses; play like a champion.) There is this shot in the penultimate episode of…

By Mark Joseph

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago is Raising Them

Today, the Consortium on Chicago School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures. Key takeaways…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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