Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

ARIZONA: More money for charter schools should mean higher expectations

For four years, Arizona charter schools have been arguing in court that they get a raw deal from the Legislature. Traditional school districts, they say, unfairly and unconstitutionally get more … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: In charter reform debate, cyber schools deserve fair treatment too

Alyssa Weaver is a poster-child for the benefits of choice in public education. At the age of twelve, Alyssa was diagnosed with a crippling case of scoliosis which, in decades … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

MICHIGAN: Contrary to Report, Charter Schools Get Less Money Per Pupil Than Conventional Schools

Media runs with faulty claim that charter public schools at fault for conventional schools financial problems Michigan charter public schools have “generous” state funding and pose a growing risk for … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

ARIZONA charter schools want an extra $135 million a year

PHOENIX — The state’s charter schools are demanding more money from taxpayers, to the tune of $135 million a year. Attorney Kory Langhofer said lawmakers are not living up to … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

RHODE ISLAND charter schools lack adequate state support, report finds

ACCORDING TO A NEW report released Wednesday by the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools, 89 percent of Rhode Island’s public charter schools plan to increase enrollment over the next … Continue reading

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

HAWAII: How Do You Measure Equal Funding for Schools?

There are three legs to the public education-funding stool: facilities, teachers, and administrative support. The issue of unequal funding is most often heard from the charter schools, whose students and … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia school crisis not a question of choice

Charter schools and tax-credit scholarships aren’t responsible for the crisis in Philadelphia public schools, said Priya Abraham, senior policy analyst at the Commonwealth Foundation, despite claims of some public school … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

TENNESSEE: Metro school board, council begin talks on projected $23M budget shortfall

Metro school officials continued pointing to the rising cost of operating charter schools Thursday, but this time they had Metro Council members to their side as the two parties began … Continue reading

October 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

FLORIDA: Ed funding issues are most pressing for school choice options

With Florida now spending less per student than it did six years ago and less than at least three-fourths of the states, there is plausible case to be made for … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

OHIO: Community, charter schools the same

The campaign for Issue 50, the Columbus City Schools’ property-tax levy that would for the first time share money with high-performing charter schools, has a Q&A on its website that … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: Don’t Blame Charter Schools for Philadelphia’s Money Problems

Joseph Dworetzky, a board member on Philadelphia’s “School Reform Commission” (which took over financial management of the district in 2001), put out a 13-point observation yesterday in response to a … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: Urban Pathways appeal could impact statewide charter school funding

Four appeals filed by Urban Pathways Charter School with the Pennsylvania Department of Education against Pittsburgh Public Schools could impact how charter schools are funded throughout the state. In the … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment


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