Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

D.C. Charter Schools Measure Up

The Washington D.C. (District) charter school scorecard shows improvements in a number of areas, truancy, suspensions, and math and reading scores. Truancy by students, a trend that school officials wish … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Charter Schools Have Revived Public Education in D.C.

Public education reform is under attack in a new book from Diane Ravitch. Her book, Reign of Error, is hitting bookstores nationwide. Ravitch attacks chartered public schools, which are run … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

D.C. nonprofits start charter schools to ready adults for the workforce

Two years ago, the leaders of Academy of Hope in Edgewood Terrace looked at how they could better prepare their adult students for a changing workforce, not to mention an … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Some D.C. charters opt out of unified enrollment lottery

All DCPS schools and most charter schools have agreed to a common enrollment lottery that will take effect for school year 2014-15. The new process will cut down on duplicate … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

D.C. charter board considers oversight improvements

The D.C. Public Charter School Board decided at a meeting Wednesday not to immediately initiate the closure of Options Public Charter, the Northeast Washington school at the center of allegations … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

D.C. school enrollment increases, with charters growing faster than DCPS

D.C. traditional and charter schools grew for the fifth year in a row, together enrolling 4 percent more students this fall than last, according to a raw count the Office of … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fewer expulsions in D.C. public charter schools in 2012-13 year

The District’s charter schools expelled far fewer students in the 2012-13 school year than the school year before, but individual charters’ expulsion rates continued to vary widely, according to D.C. … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

D.C. officials say shutdown threatens students at charter schools

D.C. officials warned Wednesday that they will have to close charter schools, turning away 35,000 students, unless President Obama and Senate Democrats relent and pass a bill carving the city … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Most D.C. schools to participate in unified enrollment lottery starting next year

The majority of D.C. charter schools and all schools in the city’s traditional school system plan to participate in a single unified lottery to determine enrollment for the 2014-2015 school … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

KIPP DC, Two Rivers charters to lease shuttered District schools in Northeast

Two high-performing public charter schools will lease shuttered D.C. school buildings in Northeast, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Wednesday. KIPP DC will move its high school to the site of … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

D.C. charter board approves new preschool evaluation tool

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has approved a revised evaluation tool for preschools that is one of the first efforts in the country to tie the success of early … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

D.C. charter board asked to reconsider preschool ranking plan

Some D.C. charter school leaders are asking the city’s public charter school board to reconsider a proposal to rank preschools based largely on their performance on varying math and reading … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · Leave a comment


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