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July 3, 2018
‘We didn’t have options’: A new Staten Island charter school aims to fill a gap for students with dyslexia
The elementary school was approved by the Board of Regents in June, and it’s set to be the first charter school in the state — and among only a few public schools nationwide — devoted to educating children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.
Charter school backed by Chicago hip-hop artist Common gets second chance
An arts charter school backed by Chicago hip-hop artist Common will get a second chance to launch, the latest chapter in a lengthy…
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June 19, 2018
A few Colorado charter schools won ‘the lottery’ in this year’s round of school construction grants
The BEST grant program uses state land proceeds and marijuana tax revenue to pay for school construction projects.
March 23, 2018
Hopson asks state to let struggling Memphis school remain with local district
The superintendent submits a list of reasons why the state should hold off on its intervention plan at American Way Middle School.
March 9, 2018
School safety, funding, segregation, and more: Here are 7 issues Carranza will face in New York City
When Carranza takes the reins from Fariña, he will oversee a system that is five times larger than Houston's and arguably the country’s most complex.
'I need fresh food'
January 26, 2018
Memphis elementary school students take a stand against grocery store closing
The Kroger store's closure will worsen a "food desert" in South Memphis.
October 3, 2017
As 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination nears, Memphis students reenact a famous scene from 1968
Students learn about civil rights history through powerful black-and-white images taken by one of the city’s most famous photographers.
August 15, 2017
Tennessee cuts ribbon on its first charter school under State Board of Education
The opening of Green Dot's Bluff City High School marks a major shift in how the charter sector can grow in the state.
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July 14, 2017
Why this Memphis Spanish teacher loves to teach about the evolution of the piñata
Kylie Cucalon is known as Señorita Cucalon to her students at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, a charter school operated by Memphis Scholars.
March 15, 2017
Nashville high school students stage walkout to protest Trump’s visit
About 100 students at a Nashville charter school organize a walkout less than two miles from the hall where the president is scheduled to speak later in the day.
December 19, 2016
Success Academy audit turns up ‘irregularities,’ New York City comptroller says
The New York City comptroller on Monday released an audit that raises “serious concerns” about the operations of Success Academy.
September 30, 2016
Beginning with Children, charter school pioneer, rededicates old building
Beginning with Children 2 will be housed at 11 Bartlett Street, an old Pfizer headquarters building where the foundation opened its eponymous first school.
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August 25, 2016
Here are the movers behind Memphis’ newly approved Crosstown High School
Billed as a new kind of public high school, the planned midtown school is the vision of a grassroots nonprofit organization led by a board of directors.
August 24, 2016
Crosstown High set to open as a Memphis charter school, unless it doesn’t
With a charter in their hip pocket, backers are assured of a path toward creating a new kind of high school in Memphis. But they'd prefer a contract to a charter.
August 23, 2016
Now a charter school, Hillcrest High plans to give historic statue a voice after decades of silence
Green Dot Public Schools has invested $600,000 in improvements to the 54-year-old building as the Memphis school reopens under the state-run Achievement School District.
March 28, 2016
Shelby County board expected to close one Memphis school, revoke charter on another
The board will vote Tuesday on recommendations related to Memphis Health Careers Academy and the New Consortium for Law and Business.
July 16, 2015
Memphis high school students get taste of college life through Summer Institutes
GRAD Academy Memphis partners with two Memphis universities this summer in an effort to prepare and encourage students to graduate and continue their studies at college.
March 9, 2015
Bill would forbid charter school gift card enrollment reward
A provision in a House bill would forbid schools from offering gift cards to prospective students or families in exchange for enrolling at the school.
January 29, 2015
IBO: Charters do better than district schools at retaining students with disabilities
Reversing its earlier findings, the Independent Budget Office released numbers Thursday showing that charter schools have done a slightly better job retaining young students with disabilities than neighboring district schools.
January 29, 2015
Charter school offered $100 reward to anyone who referred students who enrolled
Carpe Diem Meridian charter school offered $100 Marsh grocery gift cards to anyone who referred a student who enrolled. Recruitment practices like these are legal in Indiana but have been outlawed elsewhere.
January 12, 2015
Power struggle over charter schools to continue as city officials head to Albany
In an unusual face-off, officials from the city education department are set to appear before the Board of Regents on Monday to defend their recommendation to keep a set of city charter schools open.
November 14, 2014
Sidestepping cap issue, independent charters to push for facilities funding
Next Tuesday, charter-school advocates will call for the state to provide facilities funding for existing schools, setting the stage for one piece of the sector’s upcoming fight for more favorable legislation.
July 2, 2014
As school year approaches, fresh paint and preparatory classes for students at ASD takeover school
School doesn’t officially start in Memphis until Aug. 4. But on Tuesday, 30 soon-to-be 9th graders were already in class on the top floor of Fairley High School.
March 11, 2014
The quieter charter school divide: what you need to know about 'backfill'
Before last year's budget deal made big changes to the way Mayor de Blasio could deal with charter schools in the years ahead, we explained the debate around student retention.
December 20, 2013
An ex-Fahari teacher on the school’s likely closure
While I am deeply suspicious of efforts to close schools in New York City given the way closures negatively impact surrounding communities, it seems unfair and unjust to allow the level of mismanagement I witnessed at Fahari to remain unchecked.
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