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Internal memo offers candid postmortem of charter fight in Massachusetts
In 2015, charter school advocates had the wind at their backs as they set out to lift the state’s charter cap. A year later, their effort would end in humiliating defeat.
April 5, 2018
Meet Patrick McAlister, the policy wonk in charge of the mayor’s education agenda
McAlister said he sees his role as bringing different stakeholders together.
April 4, 2018
See who wants to open a charter school in Memphis in 2019
Ten charter organizations applied to Shelby County Schools ahead of the April 2 deadline to open 18 schools in 2019.
April 2, 2018
To slash costs, Indianapolis charter school operator ‘shops’ for new authorizer
“Loosely, we’re estimating the savings to be worth about the cost of a teacher within our network,” Christel House Head of Schools Carey Dahncke told Chalkbeat.
war of words
March 30, 2018
‘It’s enough now’: Mayor Baraka calls on state to halt Newark’s charter-school expansion
Mayor Ras Baraka called for a temporary freeze on new charter schools, saying they drain resources from traditional public schools.
March 28, 2018
Can top charters truly ‘replicate’? In Boston, yes — elsewhere, it’s not so clear
A new study finds that Boston charters maintained their high performance as they rapidly grew — perhaps because they closely emulated their original schools’ practices.
A growing sector
March 27, 2018
Over 40 percent of Newark students could attend charter schools within five years. Here’s how.
Today about one in three Newark students attends a charter school. That number is expected to rise as the sector keeps growing.
meet and greet
March 21, 2018
Tennessee seeks reset in Memphis with next leader of its school turnaround district
Community trust in the Achievement School District is low — an issue that the state wants to address in vetting superintendent candidates.
back to court
March 16, 2018
Nashville appeals judge’s order to share student information with state charters
The appeal means Metro Nashville Public Schools won't comply with an earlier order to share the information with charter operators requesting it.
Movers and shakers
March 15, 2018
The Mind Trust shaped Indy’s charter scene. Now founder David Harris is going national.
Harris leaves The Mind Trust after 11 years.
March 13, 2018
Next crop of Indianapolis charter schools could have familiar faces, few newcomers
Paramount School of Excellence, Herron High School, and Purdue Polytechnic High School could seek to open new schools.
March 12, 2018
What will Gov. Murphy’s budget mean for Newark schools? Here’s what you need to know.
Gov. Phil Murphy is set to release his budget plan on Tuesday. Newark school officials hope he'll provide some of the additional $140 million they're owed.
March 11, 2018
What’s on deck at the March Regents meeting? A lot of charter school business.
Twenty charter schools will be discussed, in some capacity, by the board on Monday.
March 9, 2018
Big education funders were in Memphis this week. Here’s what they talked about.
Here are three big takeaways from this week's Bluff City forum sponsored by the national Philanthropy Roundtable.
taking a stance
February 27, 2018
Memphis leaders urge state to stay out of their school improvement work
Shelby County Schools plans to move one school to its Innovation Zone and declines the state’s recommendation to close another.
February 23, 2018
Aurora budget talks devolve into charter school spat
Things turned when the discussion morphed into speculations about Aurora's interest in charters.
February 22, 2018
Gov. Bill Haslam convened a ‘power meeting’ between Tennessee’s charter school and district leaders. Here’s why.
At issue is a new charter school law, which directs local districts to share student directory information requested by charter operators.
February 22, 2018
In debt, with too many unlicensed teachers, Indiana College Preparatory School loses charter
The mayor's office revoked the charter after the school’s entire board resigned.
February 20, 2018
State’s most drastic school intervention plans won’t work, say Memphis board members
School board members suggest Hawkins Mill Elementary and American Way Middle instead move into the district's turnaround model, the Innovation Zone.
February 19, 2018
Indiana education is evolving. Here’s how Chalkbeat is growing to keep you informed.
How we're striving to provide strong, independent, in-depth coverage of efforts to improve public education for all kids, especially those from low-income families.
February 15, 2018
This network of Montessori ‘micro-schools’ is bringing a new charter concept to Indiana
But first Wildflower Schools has to solve a number of challenges.
February 6, 2018
Charter advocates descend on Albany but could see fewer battles in 2018
In some ways, charters are in a secure space because the sector isn’t fighting potentially harmful legislation.
February 2, 2018
Here are seven Memphis charter schools in danger of closing
Under a new accountability system for charter schools, those scoring low on Shelby County Schools' scorecard automatically begin a review process.
February 1, 2018
New charter organization led by Christian Brothers University president seeks to take over Jubilee schools
John Smarrelli is the board chairman of a new charter organization, New Day Schools, that announced its intent to convert nine Catholic schools to charters.
January 30, 2018
What needs to happen for a group of Memphis Catholic schools to become charters
No shortage of things must happen for the financially strapped schools to be transformed into what would be the largest charter school network in Memphis.
January 29, 2018
Haslam proposes teacher pay hike for third straight year in Tennessee
Public schools would get an extra $212 million, including funding for increasing teacher pay for the third straight year, under Gov. Bill Haslam’s final proposed budget.
January 29, 2018
Report: Colorado’s charter school laws are the second best in the nation
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools cited a new state law on charter funding equity in moving Colorado up in its rankings.
January 26, 2018
Pushback on charter school contracts shows new divide on Denver school board
“I’ve heard loudly and strongly from my constituents and many people in the community that they don’t want new charter schools in their communities."
Making the grade
January 24, 2018
Release of first school-level report card designed by Shelby County Schools set for Friday
Even though the district is using similar data points to the state, officials say they will generate different results because they are comparing only local schools.
January 24, 2018
With the defeat of vouchers, Memphis Catholic leaders seek charter conversion
But whether that avenue is open depends on Shelby County Schools.
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
Updated January 10, 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.
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