Charter Schools News

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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Your Weekly Recommendations Saturday, September 23, 2017
 
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Gary Rubinstein: “I Taught at Houston’s XQ Super School” (A MUST READ!)
Diane Ravitch's Blog • Dianeravitch
Donald Cohen: Why Is Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital Investing in Charter Schools?
Diane Ravitch's Blog • Dianeravitch
Charter Operators, Feeling Pressured, Seek New Direction at Symposium
The Wall Street Journal • Leslie Brody
The disturbing reason Florida's charter schools weren't used as hurricane shelters
Washington Post • Valerie Strauss
Malliotakis Qualifies for Debate and Matching Funds in Mayoral Race
The New York Times • William Neuman
An earlier start: Once rare, more Denver charter schools are embracing preschool
ChalkBeat • Ann Schimke
Why We Can't Give Up on Our Public Schools (Q&A)
Education Week • Kate Stoltzfus
McQueen’s deadline looms for Memphis and Nashville to share student info with charter schools — and no one is budging
ChalkBeat • Laura Faith Kebede
Nearly 30% of Public School Teachers Are ‘Chronically’ Skipping Classes, Study Says
Heritage Foundation • Rob Shimshock
Price faces probe over private chartered flights
The Hill • Nathaniel Weixel
 
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Charter Schools, Colleges & Universities
Gary Rubinstein: “I Taught at Houston’s XQ Super School” (A MUST READ!)
Diane Ravitch's BlogDianeravitch
6 He watched Laurene Powell Jobs’ extravaganza about her efforts to redesign the American high school into XQ Super Schools. The one where she bought time on four networks. The one where celebrities said again and again that high schools have not...
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Bain Capital, Charter Schools
Donald Cohen: Why Is Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital Investing in Charter Schools?
Diane Ravitch's BlogDianeravitch
Donald Cohen, executive director of “In the Public Interest,” an organization that fights privatization of public services, writes about the curious combination of people who poured serious money into the Massachusetts charter school battle last fall. When the Massachusetts Office of Campaign...
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Charter Schools, Education
Charter Operators, Feeling Pressured, Seek New Direction at Symposium
The Wall Street JournalLeslie Brody
Independent charter schools view themselves as scrappy upstarts with good ideas to shake up the U.S. education system one school at a time. But some backers of the model say they have “lost the narrative” to bigger networks who sometimes attract headlines...
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Charter Schools, Education
The disturbing reason Florida's charter schools weren't used as hurricane shelters
Washington PostValerie Strauss
And what this means for the future.
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Charter Schools, Education Policy
Malliotakis Qualifies for Debate and Matching Funds in Mayoral Race
The New York TimesWilliam Neuman
Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis hit a pair of important fund-raising milestones this week, as her campaign reported that it has raised enough money to qualify for the first general election debate against Mayor Bill de Blasio, and that it has also...
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Charter Schools, Colleges & Universities
An earlier start: Once rare, more Denver charter schools are embracing preschool
ChalkBeatAnn Schimke
In many ways, the new preschool in Denver’s growing Green Valley Ranch neighborhood looks like any other preschool. At playtime, a little girl trots toy dinosaurs across a table heaped with plastic animals. Nearby, a 4-year-old boy shows off a picture he...
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Charter Schools, Education
Why We Can't Give Up on Our Public Schools (Q&A)
Education WeekKate Stoltzfus
Public education needs our unequivocal support to improve In the 1970s, educator Deborah Meier began founding a string of small, democratically run public schools. Her goal was to restore decisionmaking in public education to teachers, principals, and their local communities to better...
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Charter Schools, Education
McQueen’s deadline looms for Memphis and Nashville to share student info with charter schools — and no one is budging
ChalkBeatLaura Faith Kebede
As Tennessee’s two largest school districts fought an order to share student information with charter schools, the state education commissioner set a deadline last week. Candice McQueen told the superintendents of Shelby County Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools they had to...
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Charter Schools, Education
Nearly 30% of Public School Teachers Are ‘Chronically’ Skipping Classes, Study Says
Heritage FoundationRob Shimshock
Almost 30 percent of public school teachers are “chronically” skipping classes, according to a new study. Over 28 percent of public school educators miss 11 or more school days each year, discovered a report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education...
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Charter Schools, Education Policy
Price faces probe over private chartered flights
The HillNathaniel Weixel
A government watchdog will investigate Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price for his use of private charter jets instead of commercial aircraft. A spokeswoman for HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson told it is launching a probe into "potentially inappropriate travel" for...
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