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Posted Oct. 16, 2017

Back to the Roots of the Charter School Movement

As a longtime believer in the possibility of charter schools, the so-called “charter movement” has been a disappointment. But last week in New York City…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 24, 2017

9 Stories That Will Teach You a Thing or Two About School Choice

It’s National #SchoolChoiceWeek, which is a weeklong campaign held every January to celebrate that education is not one-size-fits-all and that children have different learning styles—so…

By Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted Jan. 4, 2017

Coffee Break: Principal Stacey Gauthier on How Her Queens School Helped Build the Charter Movement

Stacey Gauthier is the principal of the Renaissance Charter School, a Pre-K through 12 conversion charter school in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. She’s served…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 28, 2016

I Support Public Charter Schools, But Not This One

Montclair is a beautiful community in New Jersey, but it is not perfect. For a town that is anchored in diversity, its education system is…

By Matthew Frankel

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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 Feb. 11, 2016

Here’s to Making Charter Schools Better in Michigan

Being from Michigan, generally, is a wonderful thing. Great people, Great Lakes, you get the picture. When it’s not so wonderful, however, is when you…

By Valentina Korkes

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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 often for-profit operators embarrass the…

By Alex Medler

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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 Oct. 5, 2015

How to Clean Up the Charter Sector: When It Comes to Low-Performing Charters, Start Naming Names and Taking Action

Richard Whitmire speaks the truth regarding low-performing charter schools: not only are they bad for students and families, but they also stand in the way of advocating for more charters and other reforms. Over at The74, he provides a 5-point list on how to clean up a weak sector, and concludes with some sage advice: Bottom line: Enough with the feel-good press releases from charter advocates about closing bad charters. Start taking action.…

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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