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Monthly Archive for January, 2013

One way to provide more children with an opportunity to go to a great school is to approve only those charter applicants that have demonstrated that they are ready to succeed. The Maine Charter School Commission appears to have implemented a process to do just that. Yet a few weeks ago, Governor Paul Le Page […]

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Earlier this week, Ball State University announced its intent to revoke the charters of seven of its nearly 40 charter schools for failure to meet performance expectations. The authorizer had until March to make its decision, but Bob Marra, executive director of the Ball State charter school office,  wisely chose to announce the decision more than […]

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Careful replication of high-performers is one important method for growing high-quality schools. The Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation is doing just that, with recent approvals of seven new charter schools—six of which are replications. Mayor Greg Ballard has made education a major focal point for his administration. In a city where close to half of over 140,000 […]

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The National Alliance has released new numbers from its Public Charter Schools Dashboard showing that this past fall 500 new charter schools opened their doors and an additional 270,000 students enrolled in charter schools over last year. Check out their blog post on the new numbers here and their new Details from the Dashboard feature here.

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Washington, D.C. officials recently voted to begin revoking Imagine Southeast’s charter, citing its failure to meet academic achievement expectations as well as four out of five goals in its charter agreement. Opened in 2008, student reading and math proficiency rates at Imagine Southeast are at 37% and 33% respectively, well below the city average of […]

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Ball State University’s Office of Charter Schools is preparing to release recommendations on the renewal of twenty schools. The recommendations, expected March 1st, are the first that Ball State has produced following its work with NACSA to improve its performance management work. More here.

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