Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

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

WASHINGTON D.C. A Walmart Fortune, Spreading Charter Schools

Prep operates four charter schools here with 1,200 students in preschool through eighth grade. The schools, whose students are mostly poor and black, are among the highest performing in Washington. … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

D.C. charter board adopts new way to judge alternative schools

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has adopted a new way to define “alternative schools” and judge their performance, taking an important step toward plugging a hole in the board’s … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

A push for D.C. Public Schools to share space with charter schools, nonprofits

Many of the District’s traditional schools have far fewer children than they were originally designed to hold, driving up the cost of maintenance. Meanwhile, the city’s fast-growing charter schools often … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Study recommends big increase in D.C. schools funding

The District should boost funding for public education by more than 15 percent — or at least $180 million a year — to ensure that schools have the resources they … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thousands of parents attend D.C. schools festival to shop for educational opportunities

Thousands of parents descended on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday for the D.C. Education Festival, a one-stop school shopping event meant to help families navigate the city’s … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Student turnover now part of D.C. schools report on data to assist comparisons

The District’s Anacostia High School saw an enormous fluctuation in its student population in the 2012-13 school year, losing more than one in five students after the first month of … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Two ‘Experienced Operator’ Charter Applications OK’d by D.C. School Board

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) recently granted conditional approval to Harmony School of Excellence-DC (Harmony-DC) and Democracy Prep DC (DPDC) to each open one school under the Board’s … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harmony, Democracy Prep schools approved by D.C. charter school board

Two charter-school operators, including a Texas-based organization whose business practices have drawn scrutiny, have won permission to open new schools in the District next fall. The D.C. Public Charter School … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

D.C. preparing a new unified enrollment lottery for its traditional and charter schools

The majority of the District’s charter schools and all of the city’s traditional public schools plan to participate in a single, unified lottery to determine enrollment for next fall, a … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

TENNESSEE and D.C. lead education reform

Learn a lesson from two places that were once losers in school evolution. How often does Tennessee get cited nationally for producing great academic gains for its children? Almost never, … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

D.C. Public Charter School Board releases charter rankings

About one-third of the D.C. charter schools subject to annual performance rankings are high-performing “Tier 1” schools, according to data the D.C. Public Charter School Board released Friday. More than … Continue reading

November 11, 2013 · Leave a comment


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