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January 19, 2018
Here are the initiatives Memphis’ education philanthropists will focus on in 2018
The Memphis Education Fund has shed its "Teacher Town" name but still plans to focus on recruiting new teachers in 2018.
Achievement School District
January 17, 2018
Here’s why another state-run charter school is closing in Memphis
The impending closure of GRAD Academy is another blow to the Achievement School District, in which the South Memphis school was its highest-performing high school.
January 12, 2018
Judge orders Nashville schools to turn over student information to state charters
The ruling is a blow to local district leaders in both Nashville and Memphis, who have argued that a federal privacy law gives them discretion.
Choice and consequences
January 9, 2018
The cost of charter growth: New research estimates the price tag for districts
As charter schools have expanded, critics have offered a similar complaint: they they drain money from public school districts. A new study puts a price tag on this.
January 2, 2018
As Gov. Cuomo lays out his 2018 agenda, here’s what that could mean for New York’s schools
Those proposals, however, are a far cry from anything particularly splashy or controversial.
December 15, 2017
Two Citizens of the World charter schools will close at the end of this year
Two Brooklyn charter elementary schools will be shuttered at the end of this school year, after they heard they were likely to be turned down for renewal.
December 14, 2017
Another weapon for charters in their war with the Detroit school district: A new ‘parent’ group that will lobby on behalf of charter schools
In the escalating battle over charter schools in Detroit, a local advocacy group is gearing up for an offensive that includes a new…
December 6, 2017
Detroit city leaders to district and charter schools: Please work together to improve education for kids
Tensions might be high between Detroit district and charter schools these days, but a powerful coalition of city…
November 30, 2017
DeVos calls America still ‘a nation at risk,’ cheers GOP tax plan
The nation's ed chief tells a summit gathering in Nashville that not much has changed since the landmark Reagan-era report indicting America’s public schools.
November 29, 2017
Success CEO Eva Moskowitz rejects building space city offers her schools, calling it inadequate
Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz said the city’s offer of building space for her schools fell woefully short.
November 27, 2017
Jeb Bush, Betsy DeVos to rally education reformers this week at Nashville summit
The gathering of some 1,100 reform-minded players comes as efforts to reengineer education as a consumer choice have buoyed under the Trump administration.
More than scores
November 26, 2017
New research takes an in-depth look at Chicago charter schools — and finds good news beyond test scores
Chicago's charter high schools seem to help students in the short- and long-run, but those schools also have higher student turnover.
November 22, 2017
Is the Board of Regents hostile to charter schools? Depends upon whom you ask.
The meeting was emblematic of the mixed signals that this Board of Regents have been sending over the last few months.
November 16, 2017
How common is it for districts to share student contact info with charter schools? Here’s what we know.
Some districts explicitly do not share student information with charter schools. Others have clear rules for sharing. At least one city has carved out a compromise.
November 15, 2017
Support grows in Memphis for keeping student info from state charter schools
Shelby County commissioners side with Shelby County Schools in the district's battle with the state over releasing student contact information.
November 14, 2017
Parents: Want your state-run school to return to local control? Memphis’ school board wants a new state law to allow that.
The push for a new law to convert charter schools into district schools perpetuates the district’s resistance of the state’s growing role in local schools.
money for reform
November 13, 2017
Where do the nation’s big charter boosters send their cash? More and more to charter networks
Wealthy charter school backers have directed most of their money to a select number of states, particularly ones where charter schools are better at raising test scores.
Yes and No
November 13, 2017
In a first, New York officials reject 2 proposed charter schools, but sign off on 5 for New York City
The state Board of Regents denied plans for new charter schools in Westchester County and upstate New York, but approved five for New York City.
Who's In Charge
November 10, 2017
What an author’s visit to Memphis tells us about competing ideas for the district’s future
The author was David Osborne, and his new book, “Reinventing America’s Schools,” argues that city school districts should stop directly running schools.
Coming to Tennessee
November 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos to address Jeb Bush’s education summit in Nashville
The visit will mark DeVos’s first to Tennessee since the Michigan billionaire became President Donald Trump’s secretary of education in February.
November 7, 2017
McQueen wants teacher pay to go up and local costs to go down for Tennessee’s student intervention program
As Gov. Bill Haslam prepares the final budget of his administration, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is asking to increase teacher pay for a third straight year.
November 1, 2017
Enrollment rises in Shelby County Schools for first time since suburban split
The gain was modest but serendipitous for a district that was bracing for another small decline.
October 31, 2017
Memphis leaders vote not to release student information to charter schools
The board’s action means Tennessee’s largest district more than likely will be sued by the state of Tennessee.
October 25, 2017
Thousands of Memphis families opt out of sharing contact info with charter schools
Now board members are left with a choice: hand over the rest of the names, or face a lawsuit from the state.
October 23, 2017
Memphis charters could soon qualify for free rent in district-owned buildings
The proposal is the latest from the committee of charter and district leaders tasked with working through thorny issues between the sectors.
By the numbers
October 23, 2017
In more than 200 school districts, at least 1 in 10 students attends a charter
It’s a trend line with profound implications for school districts.
October 20, 2017
As Nashville heads to court over sharing student information with the state, here’s why Memphis probably won’t
Instead of outright rejecting McQueen's deadline last month like Nashville did, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson sought a compromise.
Ending the churn
October 19, 2017
A splintered system and lack of teachers have created instability for Detroit schools. Now, leaders are craving solutions.
Liberal school choice laws, a decentralized school system and a shrinking pool of available teachers have so destabilized the teacher labor force that many school leaders say they’re constantly looking for new educators to hire
October 18, 2017
Tennessee State Board to decide fate of two proposed Memphis charter schools
The state board will discuss the recommendation to uphold the local board’s decision tomorrow and vote Friday during its regular quarterly meeting in Knoxville.
what is a good school?
October 17, 2017
New York policymakers are taking a closer look at how they evaluate charter schools
A set of changes are now being considered would add other metrics to charter school evaluations— including school “climate,” such as attendance and student surveys.
recipe for success
October 16, 2017
Eva Moskowitz looks back at her turn away from district schools, as she plans for 100 schools of her own
That transformation, she says, didn’t come from “reading Milton Friedman,” the free-market economist, but rather through a series of “practical encounters."
school choice or peer choice?
October 11, 2017
A school choice quandary: parents care more about who attends a school than about its quality, in NYC study
A basic tenet of school choice is that families will choose the highest-quality school they can. Now a new study raises questions about this basic premise.
October 10, 2017
SUNY faces legal threat against proposal to let charter schools certify their teachers
Lawyers representing the Alliance for Quality Education said they will seek an injunction if officials proceed with their charter school teacher certification proposal.
October 8, 2017
SUNY revises controversial proposal to let some New York charter schools certify their own teachers
Prospective teachers will be required to sit for significantly more hours of instruction before they enter classrooms than in the original proposal.
$$ and schools
October 5, 2017
Memphis philanthropists, school leaders talk funding strategies at D.C. forum
A contingent from Memphis joins leaders from 16 other cities at a one-day forum hosted by the DC Public Education Fund in Washington.
battle for students
September 29, 2017
Memphis district robo call tells parents to opt out of data sharing: “We do not want to lose any students to charter schools”
As Memphis parents decide whether to share their children’s information with charters, Shelby County Schools is ramping up its efforts to get them to say no.
Not over yet
September 25, 2017
A firm reprimand — but no penalty yet — for two Tennessee districts that defy deadline to share student data
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen had promised to issue consequences if the Memphis and Nashville school districts did not meet the Monday deadline.
September 25, 2017
For second straight year, two charter schools denied by Memphis board appeal to the state
Two proposed all-girls schools went before the Tennessee Board of Education last week to plead for the right to open.
unions in charters
September 25, 2017
When charter schools unionize, students learn more, study finds
a new study of California schools finds that, far from harming student achievement, unionization of charter schools actually boosts test scores.
'class of 2031'
September 22, 2017
An earlier start: Once rare, more Denver charter schools are embracing preschool
A growing number of Denver youngsters are attending preschools run by the city's charter schools, including one in the KIPP charter network.
September 22, 2017
McQueen’s deadline looms for Memphis and Nashville to share student info with charter schools — and no one is budging
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said potential consequences will be determined Monday. Past state action suggests funding cuts could be on the table.
across the pond
September 21, 2017
Does England’s rapid expansion of charter-like ‘academies’ hold a lesson for the U.S.?
Is autonomy itself likely to improve schools? A new study offers a sobering answer.
September 18, 2017
Most Memphis schools score low on student growth under new state test
Find out how your school fared in growth on the state's new test in this Chalkbeat exclusive.
a chalkbeat cheat sheet
September 17, 2017
In new memoir, Eva Moskowitz offers a look behind the curtain at Success Academy — and tries to reshape her reputation
It’s clear that the goal for Moskowitz, who runs New York City’s largest, most controversial network of charter schools, is not just score-settling.
scrambling for students
September 15, 2017
Lagging enrollment fuels Tennessee charter schools’ push for student contact data
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that 22 schools in the state’s 32-school Achievement School District have lost enrollment from last year.
mix and match
September 14, 2017
The numbers behind Denver’s “portfolio” of schools: More than half are charter and innovation schools
There are 104 traditional district-run schools and 117 charter and innovation schools this school year, according to a Chalkbeat count.
September 14, 2017
Success Academy ratchets up pressure on city to give it space
Success Academy is mounting a campaign to increase pressure on the de Blasio administration to approve co-located space for her schools.
September 12, 2017
Diverse charter schools in New York City to get boost from Walton money
The Walton Family Foundation will invest $2.2 million in new mixed-income charter schools in New York City.
September 8, 2017
The plot (to buy a Detroit school building) thickens: Efforts to keep sold property from housing charter schools might have become illegal
Any restriction might have been rendered void in a law that took effect in July.
August 30, 2017
Tennessee’s turnaround district scores worse in nearly all high school subjects
The Achievement School District's disappointing scores came in the second year under Tennessee's new TNReady test.
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