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When it Comes to the Charter Schools Program, Little Details Can Have Big Impact

Anyone who says the recently proposed Charter Schools Program (CSP) rules are just about scoring grant proposals and otherwise “ordinary” requirements (as Secretary Cardona and others claim) has not been a close observer of the CSP since its inception. The authors of the CSP recognized the important role of the program in state policy-setting and it is… Continue reading When it Comes to the Charter Schools Program, Little Details Can Have Big Impact

New Study Finds Charter Schools Pivoted Quickly During the Pandemic 

Earlier this week, Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released new survey-based research illuminating the experiences of charter school leaders in California, New York, and Washington State from the start of the pandemic in March 2020 through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Since there has been a fair amount of attention in… Continue reading New Study Finds Charter Schools Pivoted Quickly During the Pandemic 

Study Analysis: Charter School Funding Gap Contributes to Surging Inequity

The most recent in a series of reports from the University of Arkansas, Charter School Funding: Inequity Surges in the Cities, paints a grim picture of inequality for charter schools in urban areas, where charter schools tend to serve the greatest number of students. The report takes a close look at the different types of revenue… Continue reading Study Analysis: Charter School Funding Gap Contributes to Surging Inequity

What a New Harvard Study Shows About Student Performance in Charter Schools

The evidence—both anecdotal and quantitative—has consistently shown that public charter schools use the flexibilities in their school models to best serve students, especially those who are historically underserved by public schools. Now we have even more. A new study from Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance leverages data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress… Continue reading What a New Harvard Study Shows About Student Performance in Charter Schools

Bellwether Clears the Air on the CSP: A Brief look at Key Findings on Accountability, Innovation, and Data

Earlier this year, the National Alliance set the stage for a greater conversation around the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) with our new CSP annual report, which details the recent grant awards of the program, profiles grantees, and provides important context around recent appropriations. A new analysis from Bellwether Education Partners, Clearing the Air: An… Continue reading Bellwether Clears the Air on the CSP: A Brief look at Key Findings on Accountability, Innovation, and Data

Six Ways the New House Infrastructure Bill Could Help Charter Schools

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 2)—a $1.5 trillion bill designed to upgrade a wide range national infrastructure while also stimulating the economy. While it is not likely to be signed into law any time in the near future, it is important to understand the provisions that… Continue reading Six Ways the New House Infrastructure Bill Could Help Charter Schools

What Does New Federal “Supplement, not Supplant” Guidance Mean for Charter Schools?

In June, the U.S. Department of Education made important clarifications for charter schools in its final guidance on what is known as the “Supplement, not Supplant” requirement. The intent is to ensure that Title I funds aren’t used to replace state and local funding and potentially backfill or compensate for inequitable allocations of state and… Continue reading What Does New Federal “Supplement, not Supplant” Guidance Mean for Charter Schools?

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