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Charter Schools: Killing the golden goose. Charter schools are working, but New York’s mayor wants to stop them

(from the economist) OF THE 658 schools in Chicago, only 126 are charter schools—publicly funded but independently run and largely free of union rules. Fifteen more are due to open this year. More notable, though, is that four of the most recently-approved charters are in areas where the city recently decided to close 49 public […]

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Keep Calling Them Gulen Charter Schools, State Officials also keep approving them

CPS votes to open 7 more charter schools (by WBEZ.91.5) As we posted before Gulen Charter Schools is a new phrase coined by some groups with anti-charter sentiments. These groups are still posting allegations against some high performing charter schools, however state institutions, district boards keeps approving new schools of the organizations that are being […]

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Charter school wars: A bid for more school choice draws fire

(taken from Chicago Tribune ) Illinois lawmakers created a special board in 2011 to encourage education choice. The Illinois State Charter School Commission has the power to override local school districts that reject efforts to open innovative public schools in their communities. We strongly backed the creation of the commission because Illinois needs more top-performing […]

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Harmony Public Schools Approved by DC Public Charter School Board

Harmony Public Schools, Texas based largest charter school operator in the state of Texas, was apporved to open a charter school in Washington, DC. The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted at its meeting Monday night to give conditional approval to Harmony Public Schools, which operates the largest charter chain in Texas. Harmony plans to […]

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Success Story of a Charter that is being attacked as a Gulen Charter Schools

I also found a very interesting article published on Huffington Post by Michael Shank, US Vice President Institute for Economics and Peace. After reading his article, the question is: Could this be the motivation behind Gulen Charter Schools saga? Hopefully NOT Below there are some other resources: Success Story of a Charter that is being […]

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Gulen-Inspired Schools Promote Learning and Service

by Dr. Jon Pahl and Dr. John Raines The recent article “U.S. Charter School Network Draws Federal Attention” by Martha Woodall and Claudio Gatti can shed light on the existence of schools around the globe founded and led by individuals inspired by Muslim public intellectual Fethullah Gulen. Unfortunately, the article also accepts unfounded allegations, if […]

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Thinking Sensibly About NewYork Charter Schools

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a full-throated supporter of charter schools, of which there are about 180 in New York City. The debate over how the next mayor should handle charters has been part of the campaign from the very beginning. Earlier this month, charter school advocates rallied in Manhattan to protest the more skeptical […]

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Newark needs next mayor to back charter schools: Opinion

By Mashea Ashton Last week, Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s passing in June. Booker’s replacement in City Hall faces significant challenges on a number of issues, but the people of Newark have made one thing clear: They overwhelmingly support expanding the public charter school sector. […]

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The Charter School Fight in NewYork

The mayor’s race, otherwise somnolently lacking in drama since the primaries retired the name Sydney Leathers to the history of grade-B scandal, received an infusion of heat recently over the dependably combustible issue of charter school education. Last week, the Republican nominee, Joseph J. Lhota, released an ad in which he accused his Democratic rival, […]

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Tennessee Charter Schools Association Statement Regarding House Bill 702/Senate Bill 830

Tennessee charter schools has a long way to go.  This latest legislative struggle reminds it us once more that the statistics will not improve unless until a bi-partisan support can be formed on the ground. Friday, April 19, 2013 The Tennessee Charter Schools Association (TCSA) released the following statement upon the Senate’s refusal to hear […]

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Texas Senate backs charter school overhaul

By Kate Alexander American-Statesman Staff An overhaul of the state’s charter school system, the centerpiece of Republican leaders’ education agenda, finally cleared the Texas Senate on Thursday after legislators struck a bipartisan compromise. (LCSA editor’s note: Texas is one of the pro-charter states.  Interestingly the largest charter school system in Texas is one of the […]

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Gulen Charter Schools

What is Gulen Charter Schools? Recently, a new trend has been started by some mysterious bloggers and supported by some well known pro-public school activist like Diane Ravitch. As an advocate of charter schools especially high-performing charter schools, I wanted to take a close look at this new phenomenon. My research clearly indicated all these […]

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High-performing Richmond charter school sees big demand for limited spots

By Rick Radin For the Contra Costa Times Richmond Leadership Public High School Principal Shawn Benjamin picks tickets with names of new students. ( Ray Chavez / Bay Area News Group) RICHMOND — Parents and their eighth graders lined up down a street in this city’s economically depressed Iron Triangle neighborhood Thursday evening for a […]

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Harmony Public Schools Have Cracked the Code

By Kate Alexander of Austin Statesman Harmony Public Schools appears to have cracked the code. The charter school system, with 38 campuses across Texas and more than 23,000 students, regularly produces students who excel at math, science and engineering. And they do it on a shoestring. Harmony’s five schools in Austin spent $7,923 per student […]

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Equal or Fair? A Study of Revenues and Expenditures in American Charter Schools

by Gary Miron, Jessica Urschel Advocates and opponents wrangle continuously over whether charter schools receive too little or too much funding. This study of available national data provides a comprehensive and detailed review of charter school finance and uncovers patterns in both income and expenditures. Charter schools managed by education management organizations (EMOs) receive particular […]

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