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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.
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.
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