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Center on Reinventing Public Education
June 11, 2019
Critics of charter schools say they’re hurting school districts. Are they right?
Charter schools really do divert money from school districts. Those districts can make up for that by cutting costs over time. But the process of doing is often fraught.
March 8, 2019
A Chalkbeat explainer: What is the ‘portfolio model’ of running schools?
We answer common questions about the portfolio model, including what the heck it means, why it’s so controversial, and whether it “works.”
November 19, 2018
Here’s which Denver students lose out on summer enrichment
Denver’s black and Hispanic students have the least access to summer programs while white students are more likely to have the best access, according to a recent study.
November 13, 2018
In a shift, more education reformers say they’re worried about schools’ focus on testing
The pervasiveness of the complaints about testing was striking.
September 12, 2018
In latest move, Gates Foundation looks to help — and learn from — charters serving students with disabilities
The foundation has made four grants in recent months focused on helping charter schools better serve students with disabilities.
Diversity & Equity
February 28, 2018
Will Indianapolis change its magnet admission rules to keep siblings together?
In the long-term, the change could come with a steep price tag.
June 7, 2017
Tennessee’s turnaround district is reaching the end of an era
The Achievement School District isn't going anywhere, but it’s taking a backseat to other school improvement tools for the Tennessee Department of Education.
A new way
May 17, 2017
Tennessee considers a new approach for getting local schools to improve: working with them
The State Department of Education is eyeing Chattanooga for Tennessee's first foray into a “partnership zone” approach.
July 13, 2015
What will school autonomy mean for IPS?
Indianapolis could be the latest district to follow a national trend toward more independent schools.
December 3, 2014
Report: Denver parents feel informed about school choice options, want better transportation
Parents in Denver are more optimistic about the direction of the school system and feel positive about the information they have about school choice than…
July 9, 2014
Report: More parents are choosing their students’ schools, but barriers persist
A majority of parents — regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds — are now choosing which schools their students attend, according to a new report by the Center…
June 18, 2014
New report raises questions about special education enrollment in Denver charter schools
Update: This article has been updated for context. A smaller percentage of students with disabilities enroll in Denver charter schools than traditional public schools — and…
November 26, 2013
Tennessee’s Achievement School District ranks high on “conditions for success”
Tennessee’s state-run Achievement School District was the only entity in the country that received top marks in every category of a national education policy…
October 1, 2013
Report: District-charter special ed gap not from "counseling out"
Stories of charter school officials telling — or hinting to — high-needs students that they should look elsewhere for their educational needs have long fueled criticism of the charter sector. But a new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education argues that "counseling out" is not the cause of the special education gap between the city's district and charter elementary schools. In New York City, 13.1 percent of charter school students receive special education services, compared to 16.5 percent of district school students. Using lottery data from 25 charter elementary schools and information from the city, researcher Marcus Winters found two main reasons for the gap: that fewer students with disabilities apply for kindergarten spots at charter schools, and charters classify fewer students as needing special education services once they start school. The report was not mean to "fully explain away what is a well-documented disparity," New York City Charter School Center CEO James Merriman said at a discussion at the center on Monday. "What it does do, importantly, is demonstrate conclusively that a significant number of charter schools in New York City are having success in keeping children from inappropriately being classified in the first place as needing special education services and at the same time, hopefully giving them a far better chance at success in their school careers," Merriman said.
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