Charter Schools

7/2/2013

7/2/2013

Amid run-of-the-mill agenda items recognizing volunteers and approving playground renovations, the Paradise Valley Unified School District governing board last month quietly made a significant change: It converted one-third of its elementary schools to charter schools.

7/1/2013

7/1/2013

Charter schools are driving education reform in Massachusetts. Now is not the time to retreat from the reforms on which our success was built.

6/26/2013

6/26/2013

Charter schools are improving, according to a new national study, though there is still a wide quality range between the best and the worst.

6/24/2013

6/24/2013

Bethlehem (Pa.) Area School District officials are disappointed that a city charter school is relocating into a special tax district aimed at boosting the economic redevelopment on former Bethlehem Steel land, and officials don't want the money the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority receives through a special tax deal going toward building the new school.

6/19/2013

6/19/2013

Every morning at Rocketship Mosaic Elementary in San Jose, Calif., starts the same way—students and staff gather on the playground outside the building for a ritual known as “launch.”

6/18/2013

6/18/2013

Superintendent Samuel King is rapidly moving forward with an ambitious plan to transform the school division by converting 10 existing schools into public charters and creating an open campus high school.

6/18/2013

A lawyer for Atlanta Public Schools told the Georgia Supreme Court that the school district probably wouldn’t approve new charter schools unless they help pay off old an old pension debt.

6/7/2013

6/7/2013

An Oakland charter school that has high-achieving students but allegedly engaged in financial improprieties has gone to court to try to keep its doors open. The Oakland school board voted by a narrow 4-3 margin on March 20 to revoke the charter for the American Indian Model Schools, alleging that the school hasn't done enough to rectify financial irregularities that were found in a state audit last year.

6/5/2013

6/5/2013

The Akron Digital Academy, started by the Akron public school system in 2002 to capture some of the students leaving to study online, will no longer be associated with the public school system due to a change in the law that prohibits sponsors from sitting on the academy's board.

6/3/2013

6/3/2013

Charter schools are a part of a comprehensive solution, not the problem, and money and resources should follow students to the schools that are serving them best.

5/28/2013

5/28/2013

State lawmakers spent time yesterday getting details about a plan to create an independent auditor for the Columbus City Schools and share the district’s property taxes with charter schools.Among the concerns: whether charters also would be audited and whether district schools would be left under-funded.

5/22/2013

5/22/2013

A controversial computer-based learning model is competing with eight other proposals to be one of the next charter schools approved for the district. The proposed Nexus Academy, run by a subsidiary of publishing giant Pearson, would offer grades 9 through 12 in Ward 2, eventually serving up to 600 students.

5/20/2013

5/20/2013

For the first time, the State Charter School Board has evaluated Utah’s 81 charter schools in three key areas — academics, finances and governance — creating a baseline for comparing the schools next year. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

5/20/2013

Private education as we have known it is on its way out, at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels. At the very least, it's headed for dramatic shrinkage, save for a handful of places and circumstances, to be replaced by a very different set of institutional, governance, financing, and education-delivery mechanisms.

5/17/2013

5/17/2013

State officials opened a financial investigation into Children First Academy of Dallas. Records show that school leaders have hired multiple family members, some of them with six-figure salaries.

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