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The Wiser daily charter schools news email is tailored for teachers, education professionals, and those with an interest in charter schools. This includes parents of children attending such a school. Charter schools are public schools that receive public funding but operate independently from the a centrally managed education system of a given city, state or region. Because they are public schools they receive public funding. But they are unique because they do not have to follow the same rules as standard public schools. They are held accountable and measured, but they are also permitted extra freedom in things like changing the curriculum. It is a school structure that exists in many countries around the world and was first introduced in the United States as a concept in 1974, although the first school did not open until 1992. They are becoming increasingly popular, however, with new schools opening regularly, bucking the broader trend of school closures and downsizing. In many communities across the country, charter schools have had a significant impact. If this affects you personally or professionally you should sign up for the free daily digest from Wiser. It features the web's most important charter schools news.

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Breaking: Indiana didn’t set aside enough money for schools. Senate leader says a fix is 'top priority.'
ChalkBeat • Shaina Cavazos
Examining the persistent tensions in US public schools
Brookings Institution • Louis Serino
How charter authorizers in DC and Denver dealt with issues of access and equity
Education Gadfly Daily • Nicholas Munyan-Penney
Stephen Dyer: How Kids Not in Charters Are Hurt By Charter Funding
Diane Ravitch's Blog • Dianeravitch
Dan Loeb Exchanges Racially Charged Emails with Top de Blasio Official
The New York Times • Shane Goldmacher
Policymakers agree virtual schools should get more teachers and less money. Will they make it happen?
ChalkBeat • Shaina Cavazos
OurFuture.org: Election Results Show When Democrats Win, ‘Education Reform’ Often Loses
NEPC Press Releases • Elaine
LA charter schools could suffer ‘devastating’ consequences under new GOP tax bill
LA School Report • Carolyn Phenicie
The State That Betsy DeVos Holds Up As A Model Is Hemorrhaging Teachers
AlterNet • Curmudgucation, Peter Greene
Indianapolis: On the Way to Phasing Out Public Schools
Diane Ravitch's Blog • Dianeravitch
 
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Charter Schools, Education
Breaking: Indiana didn’t set aside enough money for schools. Senate leader says a fix is 'top priority.'
ChalkBeatShaina Cavazos
State education officials are expecting a shortfall in school funding this year that could be as high as $9 million because state and local officials underestimated Indiana’s student enrollment. If the legislature does not act to increase funding, districts, charter schools and...
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Charter Schools, Education
Examining the persistent tensions in US public schools
Brookings InstitutionLouis Serino
Author How did America’s public school system come to be? According to Johann Neem, author of “Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America,” the founders of the American republic had three fundamental goals for the public school system: to educate...
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Charter Schools, Education
How charter authorizers in DC and Denver dealt with issues of access and equity
Education Gadfly DailyNicholas Munyan-Penney
As charter school enrollment increases around the country, issues of access and equity are becoming more pronounced. The question is whether charter schools are serving their share of students with disabilities and other challenges and not pushing out kids with behavioral problems....
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Charter Schools, Education
Stephen Dyer: How Kids Not in Charters Are Hurt By Charter Funding
Diane Ravitch's BlogDianeravitch
Stephen Dyer, a fellow with Innovation Ohio and former legislator, explains how the charter funding system in Ohio takes money away from students who are not in charters. “It’s really easy to sit back and make esoteric arguments about how Ohio’s charter...
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Charter Schools, Education Policy
Dan Loeb Exchanges Racially Charged Emails with Top de Blasio Official
The New York TimesShane Goldmacher
Just weeks before Daniel S. Loeb, an outspoken charter school proponent and one of the biggest donors in New York politics, unfavorably compared a top African-American state senator to the Ku Klux Klan, he exchanged a separate series of caustic and racially...
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Charter Schools, Education
Policymakers agree virtual schools should get more teachers and less money. Will they make it happen?
ChalkBeatShaina Cavazos
After Chalkbeat revealed widespread low-performance and unusual spending at Indiana Virtual School, there were no immediate plans to change how the fast-growing but relatively little-known online charter school operates. Rep. Bob Behning, the House Education Committee chairman who is one of Indiana’s...
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Assessments & Testing, Charter Schools
OurFuture.org: Election Results Show When Democrats Win, ‘Education Reform’ Often Loses
NEPC Press ReleasesElaine
When Democrats win big like they did in last week’s elections, Republicans understandably get nervous. But there’s another political faction that has something to fret about: folks who’ve aligned themselves with what’s come to be called “education reform”: the embrace of school...
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Charter Schools, Education Policy
LA charter schools could suffer ‘devastating’ consequences under new GOP tax bill
LA School ReportCarolyn Phenicie
When KIPP Academy of Opportunity in Los Angeles opened its doors at the start of this school year, its 400 students were, for the first time in several years, all under one roof. The school opened in 2003, but Los Angeles’s tight...
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Charter Schools, Education
The State That Betsy DeVos Holds Up As A Model Is Hemorrhaging Teachers
AlterNetCurmudgucation, Peter Greene
Betsy DeVos constantly invokes Florida as a model for states to emulate, but teachers are fleeing Sunshine State classrooms and the problem is only going to get worse. According to a report by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, Florida's teaching shortage now borders on...
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Charter Schools, Education
Indianapolis: On the Way to Phasing Out Public Schools
Diane Ravitch's BlogDianeravitch
Indianapolis is a hotbed of privatization, where the DEFER-style Mind Trust has allied with the forces of rightwingers Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence to bid farewell to democratically-controlled, community-based public schools. The latest addition to the privatization toolkit is “unified enrollment.” When...
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