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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.
Updated April 19, 2018
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.
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