Education news. In context.
Diversity & Equity
Politics & Policy
Teaching & Classroom
Student & School Performance
Leadership & Management
Charters & Choice
Find a Job
How to be a Chalkbeat source
Republish Our Stories
Code of Ethics
Our News Partners
Work with Us
February 5, 2019
Five things we’ve learned from a decade of research on school closures
The academic impact of closures on students in those schools varies substantially. Nationwide, closures appear to slightly lower test scores.
December 4, 2018
New group will try to connect school board members pushing for ‘dramatic change’ in these 10 cities
The group is targeting board members in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Oakland, and Stockton.
October 4, 2018
The big IDEA: Inside the fast-growing charter network you might not know yet
In 10 years, the Texas-based IDEA wants to reach 250,000 students, putting it on par with the country’s largest school districts. It's an expansion worth watching.
the portfolio push
August 21, 2018
40 cities in 10 years: Leaked presentation offers more details on new group’s goals to spread charter (and charter-like) schools
The City Fund wants to reach 5 percent of low-income students in the U.S. within five years, according to a presentation obtained by Chalkbeat.
December 8, 2017
Advocates of the portfolio model for improving schools say it works. Are they right?
As with many education policies, the portfolio model is gaining adherents even while an research base is still being built.
May 2, 2017
Before voucher legislation comes back in 2018, Tennessee lawmakers want a plan to determine whether vouchers work
Lawmakers who backed a proposal for a Memphis pilot program hope to clear up questions about what kind of tests students who accept vouchers should take.
April 27, 2017
Matt Damon’s latest role: The voice of an education documentary featuring Tennessee testing
Called “Backpack Full of Cash,” the 90-minute film features a Nashville elementary school and school board member Amy Frogge.
May 27, 2014
Former Memphis superintendent Kriner Cash could lead New Orleans school district
Former Memphis superintendent Kriner Cash is one of three finalists being considered for the top job in Orleans Parish School District, in New Orleans. The Times-Picayune…
April 9, 2014
“Reorganizing public education can be messy”: A conversation about charter school growth with Greg Richmond
Chalkbeat spoke with Greg Richmond, the CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, about what Shelby County citizens and educators should be aware of as the number of charter schools grows.
December 10, 2013
Market share of charters in Memphis increases to 6 percent
The proportion and number of students enrolled in charter schools is increasing in Memphis and around the country, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' annual update on the "market share" of charter schools in various cities.
November 26, 2013
Tennessee’s Achievement School District ranks high on “conditions for success”
Tennessee’s state-run Achievement School District was the only entity in the country that received top marks in every category of a national education policy…
September 20, 2013
NYC sitting out national move to tie charter, district admissions
Superintendent Seth Andrew at a 2012 Democracy Prep admissions lottery event. When the city announced last week that a kindergarten admissions website would link to the charter school application, it took a small first step toward unifying charter and district school applications. But there appears to be little local enthusiasm for a fully unified enrollment process—something that many of the nation's other large school districts are working toward with urgency. In Denver, parents can apply to every charter and district school through one form and a single process. In New Orleans, the same is possible, with the exception of some of the city's highest-performing charter schools. Newark is well on its way, as is Chicago, and similar discussions are taking place in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. But while there hasn't been any significant movement on that front yet in New York, city officials have indicated it's a long term goal. "Eventually, we plan to streamline the application process to allow parents to apply to many types of public school programs in one place – be they district, charter, gifted and talented, or otherwise," department spokesman Devon Puglia said. Pushing for an integrated enrollment system could help cement charter schools' place in the city's school system at a time of political uncertainty for the charter sector. But city charter school advocates have indicated that they are focused on other issues.
April 7, 2011
Beating Black out the door by a day, White says he's confident
John White, deputy chancellor in New York City, is leaving to New Orleans. While Mayor Bloomberg was on the brink of announcing Cathie Black's departure last night, a deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education was boarding a plane — to New Orleans, where tomorrow he will be named superintendent of the Recovery School District. White's appointment to lead one of the most-watched education improvement efforts in the country has fallen under the radar in this whirlwind day of education leadership changes in New York. But the move is important: it means one fewer leader at Tweed Courthouse during a transition and a major promotion for White. White also said the Innovation Zone project he runs in New York would continue. "The work in New York goes on," he said less than half a day before Black would resign. He also called New Orleans "the most exciting place for education reform in the country." "It's because of what I've learned as an educator and an administrator in New York schools that I have faith about taking what I learned and going elsewhere," he said.
August 29, 2008
Three years later, looking for lessons in New Orleans' schools
Painting McDonough HS by ##http://flickr.com/people/jodyanderic/##Beurremanie## Three years ago today, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans. Since then, the city has struggled — valiantly at times, less so at others — to rebuild. As Paul Tough's New York Times Magazine cover story from two weeks ago reminds us, nowhere has the rebuilding meant such a "radical experiment in reform" as in the city's school system, where currently half of students attend charter schools, many of which are being run in the KIPP model, and many teachers come straight from college with far more energy than teaching experience.
In your inbox.
Chalkbeat New York
How I Teach
Rise & Shine Colorado
Rise & Shine Detroit
Rise & Shine Indiana
Rise & Shine Tennessee
The Starting Line