Charters & Choice

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5280 Freedom School’s founder said the inability to open will hurt Black students who are not served well in district schools.
School districts in four counties will have to share increases in property tax revenues with charters, among other changes to Indiana’s education funding laws this year.
University Prep charter schools wins argument that the school district has unfairly treated charter schools and disregarded State Board orders.
Multiple Republican-led states have created or expanded private school choice this year.
“Beacon Zone students and families ... will face a degraded school experience next year without the support of the Beacon Zone.”
In total, New York City schools will receive about 4% more in funding than last year.
Former Bush administration official will become the first Hispanic American to hold the post.
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s push for more charter schools in New York City emerged as one of the last items holding up the overdue state budget — and her keen interest puzzled many following the issue.
District forced to reckon with failure of charter-focused state turnaround effort.
The Excel Center - Twin Aire adult charter high school could open in the building now occupied by Paul Miller School 114, which is closing at the end of this school year.
Lawmakers could solidify a final budget as early as this week, but charter schools have been a sticking point.
Valor Classical Academy’s plans for a Marion County location ran into opposition from critics concerned about the charter school’s curriculum and political affiliations.
After Senate balks, House agrees to limit expansion to Chattanooga-based Hamilton County Schools.
Leaders with the nationally-recognized charter school network said Wednesday they filed a lawsuit to keep control of its remaining two campuses serving Black boys in Englewood and Bronzeville. Chicago Public Schools has said it plans to keep the schools open under district management.
GOP lawmakers move quickly to expand Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account program.
Board members acknowledged the larger issue would likely be settled by the Supreme Court, with implications for the separation of church and state.
The education department’s spending per pupil has increased by 46%, in large part due to the billions in federal COVID aid the district received as enrollment has dipped.
Hillsdale-affiliated charter school wants to open in Indianapolis but faces opposition.
Detailed family income data has the potential to shape how schools are evaluated, staffed, and even funded.
Fewer than one out of five qualified students offered seats at certain high schools have enrolled in them for the next school year.
Republicans are seeking funding parity for charter schools, which cannot raise their own property tax revenue. But some worry the move would come at the expense of traditional public schools.
Since IPS created ‘restart’ schools in 2015, the district has replaced two charter operators and a third school has closed.
Brandon Johnson’s biggest donors are teachers unions. Paul Vallas is raking in cash from wealthy individuals — some of whom have supported charter schools and other education reform efforts in Chicago.
Administrators said they were working to address inequities in their staffing model, though students and teachers feared the restructure would have the opposite effect.
A proposal to take vouchers statewide is also on the table, but unlikely to get a vote this year.
Critics of the district’s lottery system had said it would lead to enrollment declines and staff cuts at certain high schools.
The 3-year-old charter school cited low enrollment and high costs as the reasons for the closure in a resolution passed by its board of directors.
Lawmakers are considering a plan to dramatically increase spending on the state’s voucher program.
The autonomous Innovation school withdrew its plan to expand to James Whitcomb Riley School 43 next school year.
Both the state Senate and Assembly called to remove Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal to allow New York City to open more than 100 new charter schools.
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