Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

WASHINGTON: Charter school supporters claim victory in mixed court ruling

Supporters and opponents of Washington State’s new charter school law both found good news in a judge’s ruling today that found part of the charter law unconstitutional. Both sides agree … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

NEW MEXICO: New charter school approved in Taos despite opposition

Despite opposition from the Public Education Commission and district superintendent, a new charter school is set to open in Taos next school year. In September 2012, the Public Education Commission … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Can States Show Congress the Way?

The end of the government shut down and the threat of a default are over for now.  Analysts and pundits are sharing their summaries of what happened, and offering competing … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA: Charter schools will run RSD next school year

The state announced new plans Tuesday for the seven low-performing schools it took over in Baton Rouge, providing space to four charter groups for classes next fall and allowing two … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Charter schools in WYOMING need path to success

Finally, a report on education reform that doesn’t criticize Wyoming. The Center for Education Reform [earlier this year] released a study on the problems with charter school authorizers. Many of … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

FLORIDA: Pasco district changes procedures for reviewing charter schools

Pasco County school district officials found several deficiencies in the Pepin Academies application to open a charter school in the county. In the past, that would have been enough for … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Unpacking the Special Education Story

One of the most pervasive criticisms of charter schools is that they either find ways around accepting or strategically counsel out students with special needs. These criticisms have been fueled … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

School districts shouldn’t be the only charter authorizer in town

The conclusion seems so obvious: In a unanimous decision this week, Georgia’s Supreme Court said that the Atlanta school system cannot withhold funds from the charter schools it authorizes to … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

TEXAS: Charter applicants, commissioner to start new approval process

A dozen applicants will interview this week to open new charter schools in Texas, and for the first time, they’ll be making their case directly to the Texas education commissioner. … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

TEXAS: SBOE Will No Longer Approve Charter Applicants

A shift in power from the State Board of Education to the Texas Education Agency is among many changes brought by sweeping charter school legislation lawmakers passed in May. For … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

GEORGIA: Atlanta school board approves new charter school

Atlanta’s school board unanimously approved a new charter school Monday, overriding the superintendent’s recommendation against starting new charters. Board of Education members gave the go-ahead for Atlanta Classical Academy, a … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

OHIO: It Could Be a While Before Churches Can Sponsor Charter Schools

A Columbus church seeking to become a charter school sponsor lost another round in court last month. A sponsor is a group, such as a nonprofit or a school district, … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · Leave a comment


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