Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

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

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA: In defense of Sci Academy and other charter schools

Lately, Sci Academy and other New Orleans public charter schools have been the center of some controversy over their disciplinary policies. As a recent alumnus, I can confidently say that … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA: Renewal rules to change for state-authorized charter schools

Louisiana would raise the standards for state-authorized charter schools to stay in business, under rules that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted in committee Thursday. But charters serving students who are over age, have … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA: New Orleans goes all in on charter schools. Is it showing the way?

Ever since the floods from hurricane Katrina demolished large swaths of New Orleans nearly a decade ago, the city has been reinventing itself – perhaps nowhere more radically than in its schools. In so … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA: Kenner Discovery Health Sciences charter looks to expand to include high school

One of Jefferson Parish’s newest charter schools will soon be looking to grow. The Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, a science-focused charter that opened in August, is discussing the possibility of … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA: The Connection between Choice and Humility

Over the past eight years, New Orleans students have achieved what few previously thought was possible. In her recent Atlantic article on charter-school discipline policies in New Orleans, Meredith Simons recognizes these gains, … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Charter School Model Spreads Across Louisiana

New Orleans will soon become the first city with an all-charter school district, but the education landscape looks much different across the rest of Louisiana. Many parishes have few or … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA: Recovery School District will be country’s first all-charter district in September 2014

The great educational experiment in New Orleans is taking a dramatic, albeit long-awaited, turn. New Orleans’ Recovery School District will become the country’s first all-charter system in September 2014, a year earlier than … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA: Charter schools about choice, innovation and accountability

There is a lot of misinformation and tension surrounding charter schools in Louisiana, Caroline Roemer Shirley, executive director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, told the American Press … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA: Some charter schools aim to break old patterns

Charter schools shift focus to modeling socioeconomic makeup When a group of Mid-City residents proposed four years ago to open a school that would be racially and economically diverse, they … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA grapples with assessing alternative charter schools

Principal says success defined differently for students Nicole Griffin is on track to graduate from high school in December despite challenges most students will never have to face. A single … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

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