Want to decrease crime? Consider charter schools.

One of the original arguments for educating children in traditional public schools is that they are necessary for a stable democratic society. Indeed, an English parliamentary spokesman, W.A. Roebuck, argued that mass government education would improve national stability through a reduction in crime.   Public education advocates, such as Stand for Children’s Jonah Edelman and [...]

States test worksite charter schools for company kids

RALEIGH, N.C. — A rarely applied experiment in education enabling companies to host taxpayer-funded charter schools for their employees’ children may be about to spread.   Florida is the only state bringing business-backed charter schools to work sites so far. The first launched in 1999, across the street from the Ryder truck rental company’s headquarters [...]

In a Changing Rural America, What Can Charter Schools Offer?

Rural America is not your grandparents’ heartland. Its population is getting older: 21 of the 25 oldest counties in the United States are rural. It’s no longer overwhelmingly white: One in five rural residents is a person of color, and more than four of five new rural residents are people of color. Rural areas are [...]

Parents And Teachers Say Charter Schools Get These 4 Things Right

You’ve probably heard a lot about charter schools lately, but you may not know exactly what they are, or what makes them so popular in some circles—and controversial in others. Now, with the proposed federal budget devoting $500 million in funding to charter expansion across the United States, you’re likely to hear even more about [...]

Help Your Teen Deal With End-of-Year Stress

Your teen has an English test tomorrow. Her history paper is due next week. The science teacher just assigned a huge group project. And your teen has a summer job interview this weekend. No wonder she’s stressed! The end of a school year is often a time when students feel overwhelmed. And, since stressed teens [...]

Charter School Accountability | IN 60 SECONDS

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.    

First Charter School Teacher Named National Teacher of the Year

The National Alliance today issued the following statement regarding Sydney Chaffee, the first charter public school teacher to be named National Teacher of the Year:   “The National Alliance heartily congratulates Sydney Chaffee on being named National Teacher of the Year. At the Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston, Massachusetts, Sydney has transformed her [...]

East Spencer charter school clears big step toward 2018 opening date

The N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board unanimously approved last week the application for the Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School, clearing a major hurdle and virtually promising the East Spencer school will open Aug. 27, 2018.   The decision at the state level in Raleigh came last Tuesday.   “I was in tears,” Whitney Peckman [...]

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