Federal Grants to Expand Charter Schools

The Department of Education announced $253 million in federal grants to expand charter schools. These grants are the first for charter schools to be awarded under ESSA and include the following states:  Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin. In addition, two state-level programs are also among entities receiving $56 … Read More

Understanding Charter Schools

The core of the charter school model is the belief that public schools should be held accountable for student learning. In exchange for this accountability, school leaders should be given freedom to do whatever it takes to help students achieve and should share what works with the broader public school system so that all students … Read More

Expected Growth for Charter Schools

  The Trump Administration’s proposed budget for 2018 isn’t all bad news.  Although a 13% overall reduction in funding, there are considerable increases for charter schools and private school choice programs. On April 28, Congress will decide whether or not they want to continue the funding resolution as is or make changes for the upcoming … Read More

School Market News of Note

Chicago is switching the assessment test used to determine eligibility for the district’s highly-competitive selective enrollment high schools. (Chicago Tribune) The Treasurer of the Columbus City Schools (Columbus, Ohio) resigned unexpectedly on February 4th with little explanation. The School Board President says that Treasurer Penny Rucker was not pushed out of the job. (Columbus Dispatch) … Read More