Public School Choice, Any Way You Slice It

Our new report, Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?, finds a variety of public school choice available in cities—district-run magnet, innovation, and open-enrollment schools; charter schools overseen by multiple authorizers; and district-charter partnership schools. In some cities, private schools accept publicly subsidized vouchers. In others, students can [...]

Public School Choice, Any Way You Slice It 2017-12-11T09:50:11+00:00

Response to the Associated Press Examination of the Racial Makeup of Public Charter Schools

Public charter schools emerged more than two decades ago out of some of America’s most racially isolated communities, because the traditional public schools that families had been assigned to were failing to meet their needs. Free and open to all, charters today serve three million students who have chosen to be there. Families of all [...]

Response to the Associated Press Examination of the Racial Makeup of Public Charter Schools 2017-12-07T22:31:13+00:00

Reinventing America’s Schools: 9 Inspiring Case Studies of Cities and Educators Rethinking Classrooms for the 21st Century

This summer, The 74 launched a special series of articles, profiles, and videos — as well as an exclusive microsite — based on the new book Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System by the Progressive Policy Institute’s David Osborne. In it, Osborne spotlights some of the country’s most innovative cities in rethinking [...]

Reinventing America’s Schools: 9 Inspiring Case Studies of Cities and Educators Rethinking Classrooms for the 21st Century 2017-11-03T07:23:35+00:00

The undeniable efficacy of charter schools

Two studies were released this month from universities in California that demonstrate the effectiveness of school choice and the need for more options in education. In early October, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released a study which followed the educational progress of over 97,000 charter school students in New [...]

The undeniable efficacy of charter schools 2017-10-18T10:13:42+00:00

Number of charter schools, students in U.S. rises

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of children attending charter schools in the United States hit a record of about 6 percent of all students in public schools, according to a federal education report released on Tuesday.   Charter schools are publicly funded schools operated separately from local school districts. They are usually independently run [...]

Number of charter schools, students in U.S. rises 2017-08-28T10:26:47+00:00

Charter Schools Receive 29 Percent Less Per-Pupil Funding, Study Finds

Charter schools receive 29 percent less funding per student, on average, than do traditional public schools, a report from the School Choice Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas' Department of Education Reform finds.   Funded by the Walton Family Foundation, which in 2016 pledged to invest $1 billion in charter schools, the report, Charter [...]

Charter Schools Receive 29 Percent Less Per-Pupil Funding, Study Finds 2017-05-23T14:14:13+00:00

Proof Positive that Charter Schools are Better

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, [...]

Proof Positive that Charter Schools are Better 2017-05-15T00:16:13+00:00

America’s Most Challenging High Schools

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 [...]

America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2017-05-14T23:47:50+00:00
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