Charter Schools

Publicly funded, independently operated elementary and secondary schools first launched in the early 1990s

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Charter School Lessons from New Orleans

In New Orleans, school reform leaders have rejected the argument that charters should be permitted to set their own, narrower standards of what it means to be public schools. Continue reading

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For Many, High-Touch Trumps High-Tech

Silicon Valley’s Discovery Prep has state-of-the-art technology. It also has unusually engaged teachers and parents. Continue reading

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Charter Schools and Special Education

We need to think abouat charter schools as part of a larger system of public education, not merely as competitors to traditional public schools. Continue reading

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The Shifting Rhetoric of School Reform

There’s a new rhetoric of reform from education entrepreneurs now working inside public school systems Continue reading

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The Quarterly Report: Big Questions for America’s Schools

An on-camera discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of today’s school reform movement Continue reading

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Vouchers Redux

The Romney campaign is putting vouchers at the center of its new education plan, but there’s not a lot to recommend vouchers as a large-scale reform strategy.
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School Reform-It’s Complicated

In his new book Class Warfare, journalist Steven Brill pulls back the curtain on the last decade of school reform, but not all the way Continue reading

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Sweating the Big Stuff: Scaling Up Charter Management Organizations

The extraordinary demands of educating disadvantaged students to higher standards, the challenges of attracting the talent required to do that work, the burden of finding and financing facilities, and often aggressive opposition from the traditional public education system have made the trifecta of scale, quality, and financial sustainability hard for charter management organizations to hit. Continue reading

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Educating Urban America

A reveiw of new books on school reform by journalists Jay Mathews, Paul Tough, and David Whitman

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