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4 hours ago
Memphis school board postpones closing seven charter schools
The delay is a rare concession for a school board that has been quick to close charter schools that are not meeting state standards.
1 day ago
Seven Memphis schools could have charters revoked next week
The vote scheduled comes about a month after the state released its “priority list” of schools that performed worst on state tests.
October 19, 2018
Tennessee sides with Memphis and Nashville boards in rejecting four new charter schools
The State Board of Education denies the appeals of four groups seeking to open schools in 2019.
October 17, 2018
Memphis parents demand answers on charter school principal’s abrupt departure
The answers were not clear, and after an hour of sometimes heated exchanges, advocates threatened to encourage parents to pull their children out.
October 17, 2018
Illinois charter PAC ready to spend millions in Chicago elections
Well-funded political action committee supporting charter schools poised to campaign for mayor, aldermen candidates — with potentially enough to sway elections.
Boost for charters
October 9, 2018
Colorado gets $55 million to support charter school expansion
The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help charter schools with start-up costs and trainings.
October 5, 2018
Rise & Shine: How New York City is failing special education students
A LIFT: Nearly a dozen new charter schools were approved to open in the city over the next three years, as the total…
October 3, 2018
New York City greenlights Success Academy middle school after contentious space fight
Success Academy Lafayette will now likely move into the P.S. 25 building in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
October 2, 2018
Mayor de Blasio almost proposed a universal enrollment system for district and charter schools, emails show
Early in de Blasio’s administration, emails show, the idea was initially met with approval from other senior officials.
September 26, 2018
As operators tout their scores, de Blasio and Carranza draw a firm line against more charter schools
As charter school operators and advocates exulted in their schools’ state test scores Wednesday, New York City officials…
Colorado Votes 2018
September 24, 2018
Tax breaks for the rich and a ‘bargain with the devil’: Colorado candidates for governor spar over education
Speaking to an audience of charter school leaders, two candidates with a history of supporting such schools highlighted their differences.
September 21, 2018
Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list
The city got encouraging news on Friday as fewer of its schools landed on Tennessee's newest list of troubled "priority schools."
September 21, 2018
Charter schools, funding, and the SHSAT: What we’re watching if Democrats flip New York’s Senate
New York education policymaking has been defined by predictable splits between the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Republican-controlled Senate. That could change.
September 19, 2018
Struggling Tennessee schools find out Friday if they could face state intervention
The "priority school" list will be the first since 2014 and will chart state improvement strategies, investments, and interventions.
September 13, 2018
‘Kicked out’: Newark charter school purges students in possible violation of state rules
Marion P. Thomas Charter School disenrolled 30 students whose families did not turn in residency forms by a deadline set by the school.
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.
September 5, 2018
Tennessee’s Republican candidate for governor touts school choice, testing changes
There’s no silver bullet when it comes to improving education in the state, says Bill Lee, Tennessee’s Republican candidate for governor.
September 4, 2018
Four of five charter schools denied by Memphis board appeal to the state
Four charter schools whose applications were rejected by Shelby County Schools are taking their cases to the state. The appeals are the most since 2015,…
August 31, 2018
Newark charter school faces firestorm after kicking out students for dress code violations
Marion P. Thomas Charter School turned away dozens of students on the first day of school for minor uniform violations.
August 21, 2018
Memphis board approves the opening of nine charter schools in 2019
That would bring the number of charter schools in Tennessee’s largest district to 63 — far and away the most in the state.
August 21, 2018
Support for boosting teacher pay is at a 10-year high, new survey finds
After a year of teacher protests, an increasing number of Americans think teachers should be paid more, according to a new national survey. Sixty-seven percent…
August 17, 2018
Secret CPS report spotlights big vacancies, lopsided options for students
An unreleased report by a school choice group backed by the business community paints in stark detail what many Chicagoans have known…
August 16, 2018
Memphis Catholic schools and three other applicants one step closer to becoming charters
Memphis could be home to nine more charter schools next fall, which would bring the district to 63 schools in total.
Race and class
August 10, 2018
Designing diversity: How one Memphis charter school set out to recruit its students
The result was 150 students that more closely mirror the demographics of the county than any other school in the district.
August 3, 2018
Here’s how Lee, Dean compare on education in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor
The state's next leader will set the course for school funding and shape education policy on everything from student testing to teacher evaluations.
July 30, 2018
Six Memphis Catholic schools would convert to charters under revised application
After seeking to be the largest charter school operator in Memphis, a new organization hoping to convert Catholic schools to public ones is scaling back.
July 16, 2018
Regents use annual retreat to take stock of changes in testing, charter schools and more
The briefings served as a distillation of some top policy goals among the Board of Regents.
Looking to the future
July 13, 2018
Why this standalone Denver charter school is considering joining forces with a network
Leaders from both Roots Elementary and Rocky Mountain Prep see a potential merger as mutually beneficial.
July 11, 2018
Here are the Memphis schools opening and closing this school year
All of the schools opening are charter schools, as are most of the closures.
July 3, 2018
Newark’s district-charter enrollment system is here to stay, new superintendent said in meeting
Superintendent Roger León told charter-school leaders that he will preserve the controversial system, called Newark Enrolls.
future of schools
July 3, 2018
The Oakland school board is pushing for more coordination with charter schools, but faces fierce backlash
In Oakland school board members just told their superintendent to get to work on a plan to coordinate among all of the publicly funded schools in the city.
June 29, 2018
Former staffers allege grades falsified, other misconduct at Memphis charter high school; district is investigating
Shelby County Schools officials told Chalkbeat that it “recognizes the seriousness” of the allegations against Gateway University, and vowed to investigate.
Updated June 19, 2018
Judge strikes down rule allowing some New York charter schools to certify their own teachers
The ruling upends the plans of the city’s largest charter school network, Success Academy.
June 18, 2018
Last holdout charter signs on to CPS’ stringent new background check policy
After delaying several days, the LEARN Charter School Network agreed on Monday to abide by Chicago Public Schools’ new policy ordering…
June 14, 2018
Shelby County Schools wants to shutter charter school that opened outside district limits
But the school's leader says he is close to securing a building within Shelby County Schools boundaries.
June 14, 2018
All Memphis charter school applicants sent back to drawing board if they want to open in 2019
If the school board agrees, applicants have 30 days to revise and resubmit. The board will vote on the amended applications August 21.
charters on the hill
June 13, 2018
Virtual schools, open records, and claims about research — highlights from Congress’s look at charter schools
Charter schools got some extra attention in Washington, D.C. today in the form of a U.S. House hearing.
June 12, 2018
When states take over school districts, they say it’s about academics. This political scientist says it’s about race and power.
In a new book, “Takeover,” Rutgers political scientist Domingo Morel concludes that the prevailing logic for state takeovers is indeed tainted with racism.
June 11, 2018
Six New York City charter schools are one step closer to approval
The schools are expected to receive a final approval from the full Board of Regents Tuesday.
June 10, 2018
Six new charter schools could open in New York City following Regents vote
New York state’s top education policymakers will vote on six New York City charter schools in their last meeting before summer break.
May 23, 2018
Short on students, 3 Indianapolis charter schools are closing. But 6 more will open in the fall
The closures underscore just how difficult it can be for charter schools to create sustainable operations.
choice and competition
May 22, 2018
It’s not just Detroit. Across Michigan, ‘active and aggressive’ competition imperils schools
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is holding hearings to determine if the state's students with special needs and minority students have faced discrimination.
May 22, 2018
Charter schools advocates’ next push: Funding for school security
Advocates are asking the City Council to revise a city law in order to help fund charter school security needs.
work hard play hard
May 16, 2018
Memphis teachers share basketball, even if they don’t share a district
The teachers, mostly black men, have turned it into a networking opportunity as well as a way to let off steam.
May 11, 2018
Two former staff members at Families for Excellent Schools planning a new pro-charter org
The group is being incubated at 50CAN, an education advocacy group with a presence in several states and where Andersen and Singh are currently employees.
May 4, 2018
Does Tennessee’s emergency response to testing problems conflict with federal ed law? Stay tuned.
While legislation to address TNReady woes has eased concerns in school communities, it's raised a flurry of new questions about Tennessee’s plan under ESSA.
April 26, 2018
These New York City neighborhoods have relatively few charter schools, according to a new report
The report, from a school choice advocacy group, says the analysis is meant to help policy makers, charter operators, and parents alike.
April 20, 2018
Do charter schools suspend students more? It depends on how you look at the data.
Charters have a higher overall suspension rate than traditional public schools. But when you break down suspensions by race, charters actually post slightly lower rates.
April 19, 2018
Walton memo recommends charter advocates do more to persuade Democrats and appease unions
An internal memo offers a playbook for charter advocates after a high-profile defeat in Massachusetts.
April 19, 2018
Two charter schools led by former Mayor Willie Herenton will close
Du Bois High School of Arts and Technology was already in danger of losing its charter because of poor academic performance.
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