Charter Pulse

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Charter Schools: Let Every Child Have Access

When my kids were young, I cherished watching their excitement when they shared what they learned at school, like the first time my daughter read “The Cat in the Hat” … Continue reading

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ILLINOIS: Kirk Touts Plan For $300M In Federal Funds For Charter Schools

CHICAGO (CBS) – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) visited a Bronzeville charter school on Friday to promote legislation pending in Congress to significantly boost federal funding for charter schools. “I’m … Continue reading

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Congress to consider charter-school legislation

A bipartisan group of senators plans to introduce a bill Wednesday meant to encourage the growth of charter schools across the country, mirroring legislation expected to be taken up in … Continue reading

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NORTH CAROLINA: House panel okays fast-tracking expansion of for-profit charter schools

The House Education Committee approved a Senate bill that would allow for-profit charter schools to multiply rapidly in North Carolina. The bill creates an expedited review process for charter schools … Continue reading

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CALIFORNIA: Charter Schools $100,000 opposition helps sink district’s bond measure

Earlier this month, and for the first time, the political arm of the California Charter Schools Association campaigned heavily against a proposed school construction bond in a district that hadn’t … Continue reading

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COLORADO: New charter school focuses on special needs students

DENVER – Christine Ferris has come to Colorado from California with one mission in mind. She wants to create something special for special needs students in Denver. “If kids feel … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Charter public schools offer new possibilities to all students

Ray Charles, the great singer from Albany once said, “There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we’re here to explore new possibilities.” These words of limitless hope … Continue reading

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TENNESSEE: Five new charter schools recommended for approval

Five out of eight applications for new charter schools in Nashville earned a recommendation for approval by Metro Nashville Public Schools — including a proposal from the nation’s largest charter … Continue reading

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NEW YORK: Success Academy Wants 14 New Charter Schools

Success Academy Charter Schools said Tuesday it was applying to open 14 more charters in New York City, just months after a high-profile battle with Mayor Bill de Blasio over … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

NEW YORK: New Charter School Lottery System Gives Each Applicant White Pill, Enrolls Whoever Left Standing

Introducing key changes to the lottery system that governs the admissions process, the New York City Charter School Center notified potential students this week that openings will now be filled … Continue reading

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An Unusual Pairing: In This Texas District, Public School Kids Mix With Charter School Kids

Public schools and charter schools often have relationships that range from wary to downright hostile. But in the Spring Branch school district, covering parts of Houston, they’re co-existing — in … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

NEW JERSEY: In Newark Charter schools popular for elementary, district for high school

In the first round of the universal enrollment program, Newark parents preferred charter schools for their elementary students, but they favored the district high schools over charters for grades 9 … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA: In New Orleans, charter schools rule

The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old work sheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for … Continue reading

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NEW YORK: City to pay $11G per student in three Success Academy charter schools

The city will pay a whopping $11,000 in rent for each student in three Success Academy charter schools booted from public space in February by Mayor de Blasio. The stunning … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

WASHINGTON DC: Charter schools present post-‘Brown’ challenge

In 1954, Lucinda Todd was one of 13 plaintiffs in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that declared “separate but equal” unconstitutional. Just weeks ago, her … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

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