Andy Smarick, Morgridge Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), argues that public schools could benefit from one of the greatest innovations of charter schools: contract-based accountability.
Opposition to charter schools is to the left what climate change denial is to the right, a fortress of unreason that shields ideology from contrary evidence. Everywhere, including in Massachusetts, home to some of the nation’s best charters, anti-charter zealots always, always have a “yes, but --” response for every study suggesting disadvantaged students benefit [...]
In the many debates about American public education, there is no shortage of flash points to ignite passions and heat up the rhetoric. Funding. Testing. Teacher Performance. Seniority Rules. But of the many controversial topics, the one that feels like it burns the hottest is the issue of public charter schools. To opponents, [...]
The board of directors are often the unsung heroes of charter schools. Just like an elected district school board, charter school boards make important decisions about how their schools operate. They decide who will run the school, and they lay out the vision and culture those leaders should support. They oversee the academic and financial [...]
The Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) met Monday in their second-to-last convening of the year-long cycle. The board heard from multiple charter schools — some showcased innovative programs and others defended their competency. From college prep to arts integration Leaders of Lincoln Charter School, a K-12 charter in Denver, shared their Dream Big program, [...]
America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many [...]
City Academy High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, will celebrate a milestone in September: 25 years as the nation's first charter school. During that quarter century, charter school growth has been remarkable. Today, 44 states and Washington, D.C. contain some 7,000 of these independently operated public schools, serving nearly 3 million students. Remarkably, charters account [...]
Summer is right around the corner and with it come all those edible delights we particularly enjoy in North Carolina. One that many of us find especially tasty is the tomato sandwich. Daydream with me for a moment. You’ve visited your local farmers’ market and among the fresh produce you bring home is that [...]