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In Defense of Success Academy

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

The Success Network is experimenting with ways to unburden teachers. Yet even with these innovative supports, the job is difficult, and many facets of the model still need improvement for teachers and students alike.

Can Growing Parent Demand Fix Charter School Financing?

Reena Abraham | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Reena Abraham

The political debate about charters is not likely to wane anytime soon. But parents can't wait for that to play out. It is past time to end our patchwork system of financing school facilities and make it easier for high-performing charter schools to give more kids a chance to succeed.

'School Choice' and Disenfranchising the Public

Peter Greene | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Our public school system is set up to serve the public. All the public. It is not set up to serve just parents or just students. We all depend on a society in which people are reasonably well-educated. But a "choice" system says, "No, you only get a say in how education works if you have a kid."

There Can Be No Successful All-Charter School System

Peter Greene | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

The bottom line is that New Jersey charters do not serve the same population as the districts that house them. Specifically, they serve a smaller percentage of poor students and students with extra learning challenges.

Rick Snyder Is Not a Good Political Leader

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.03.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

If you have watched any of Rick Snyder's election ads you will see that the governor fancies himself a leader, however, since being a leader isn't a title one can just bestow upon one's self the question should be what does the governor's record tell us about his leadership skills.

Astoria Characters: The Eclectic Educator

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.21.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Sometimes, Steven thinks about slowing down. He has a teenage son, a grown son and three grandchildren he dreams of spending more time with. Grandstanding, after all, is a more befitting pastime for those of a tenderer age.

Joy Resmovits

Charter Schools Get Less Money Than Public Schools. Is That A Problem?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

Charter schools receive less funding than traditional public schools on average, according to a new report -- but some experts say that the funding g...

False Hopes

Kate Casas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Kate Casas

Real choice for kids in failed schools would look like the choices middle- and upper-income parents in Missouri, and across America, make every day.

For the Children: New Skid Row Campus Partners Para Los Niños Charter and LAUSD School

Martine Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Martine Singer

LAUSD and Para Los Niños share a vision for high-quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming integrated with the services and supports needed by families living in poverty.

Teaching in Chartering: The Freedom to Be Better

Ember Reichgott Junge | Posted 12.30.2013 | Education
Ember Reichgott Junge

Chartering is one pathway that allows this "freedom to be better" for entrepreneurial teachers. Perhaps if chartering had been available for my college classmate years ago, she would still be engaged in changing lives of young learners.

Pitbull Opens Up About Unlikely Venture

NPR | Posted 10.16.2013 | Latino Voices

Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movem...

The Kinder Chronicles, Part I

Shaun Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

Two schools, two ideologies, a relatively common mission co-locating within the same building. Co-locating, co-existing, though not cooperating. Not even throwing their lunch trash in the same bins within the same room. One entity will certainly survive with its identity intact.

Lessons From Chartering: How to Bring Back Policy Innovation and the Bipartisan "Reform Center"

Ember Reichgott Junge | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Ember Reichgott Junge

We must bring back the Reform Center. Public innovations rarely come from the political extremes. But how did chartering, an idea that had "zero chance of passage" in the words of the Minnesota House sponsor of the bill, come to pass?

'Everyone Else Running for Mayor Is Owned'

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 10.29.2013 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

I have always been attracted to rich, improbable candidates because they are often the tellers of inconvenient truths. The reason is simple. They have nothing to lose. They have no interest groups to offend.

Joy Resmovits

Are Charter Schools Worth It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Charter school students on average slightly outpace comparable public school kids in reading and tie them in math, according to a large study of acade...

Joy Resmovits

Charter School Report Casts Doubt On Obama Education Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to charter schools, the bad ones stay bad and the good ones stay good, according to a report on charter school growth rele...

Missouri's Gritty, Whatever It Takes Model

Kate Casas | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Kate Casas

Shearwater is identifying children who were thrown away by broken systems, and giving them the grit and determination to metaphorically clean themselves off and try again.

Joy Resmovits

Charter Schools Rack Up Major Growth

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

Twenty years after their creation, charter schools constitute the fastest-growing sector of American public education, according to a report released ...

New York's 4th Charter School Affiliated With Controversial Network

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

The New York State Board of Regents this week approved the application for the Utica Academy of Science Charter School, making it the fourth Gulen Mov...

Tennessee To Withhold Millions From Nashville Schools For Rejecting Charter School

Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

The Tennessee Department of Education is withholding $3.4 million of non-classroom, administrative funding from Metro Nashville Public Schools due to ...

Public Charter School Movement Makes It 2 Decades Amid Criticism And Success

Posted 09.07.2012 | Education

Twenty years ago today, the first public charter school, City Academy High School, opened in St. Paul, Minn. Now, more than two million -- or 4.2 perc...

To Learn the Value of Algebra, Just Ask an Eighth Grader

Ryan Hall | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
Ryan Hall

Mastering algebra is also like doing push-ups. There's nothing about push-ups that you're going to need to know later in life or that you would have to employ in some way on a job. But the fact remains: push-ups make your body stronger. Algebra makes your brain stronger.

The Problem of Cyber Charter School Funding In Pennsylvania

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Zachary K. Pearce

Until HB 2364 or another bill with a similar goal is able to become law, I expect local school directors' jobs in the commonwealth to remain challenging.

The Damage Done by Special Education Disparities

John Thompson | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Before choice, I would not have understood what it was like to teach a class where eight to ten kids had been traumatized so badly that their cognitive functions had been altered. After a decade of choice, that became my new normal.

How Swizz Beatz Is Working to Rebuild the Bronx

Shira Lazar | Posted 08.06.2012 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Rapper and producer Swizz Beatz is taking his passion for the arts to schools to empower the next generation of leaders and creators.