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May 18, 2016
by Nate Davis The Hill May 18, 2016 We have a graduation problem in the U.S. Too many young people, in particular the underprivileged, are failing to get high-school degrees. Some believe America’s education system is reversing that trend. They point to the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement in December that graduation rates reached an […] Read more »
May 16, 2016
by Jeanne Allen Deseret News May 16, 2016 An article about charter schools (“Do charter schools work?” May 9) misrepresented the success and outcomes of these innovative public schools on students, schools and communities. Research has consistently shown that charters lift all boats and grow student learning across all populations. And not only that, but […] Read more »
May 14, 2016
Has school choice been able to interrupt the strong link between home environments and academic success? The answer to that question is a resounding yes, especially when looking beyond the sole metric of graduation rates. Read more »
May 5, 2016
Something unusual and important is happening in many Minnesota suburbs and small towns: the significant increase in the number of students attending charter public schools – an idea that started here in Minnesota, 25 years ago this month. Read more »
April 25, 2016
If Maryland wants to create more opportunities for excellent education, attract new business and improve teacher salaries, as proposed in Rolan Clark’s April 4 letter, “Teachers’ pay needs to improve,” then it’s time to address Maryland’s F-rated charter school law. Read more »
April 14, 2016
John Hood Salisbury Post April 13, 2016 When I first advocated the idea of parental choice in elementary and secondary education, it was considered by many to be a radical notion. It shouldn’t have been. For decades, American students and their families have been free to choose among public and private colleges. For decades, families […] Read more »
April 8, 2016
North Carolina's achievement district is a real-time solution to give the state's worst schools a shot at finally giving their students a great education. We must learn from the lessons of the past 50 years and give bold new opportunities like the Achievement District a chance. Our kids can't wait. Read more »
April 6, 2016
Boston Globe April 6, 2016   RE “Racial aspects tinge charter debate” (Page A1, March 28): Massachusetts charter schools are not only among the highest performing in the nation, but they serve a student population that’s 58 percent black and Latino, while statewide that figure is 27 percent. That should make people who are concerned […] Read more »
April 5, 2016
by Kevin P. Chavous The 74 March 31, 2016 The Washington Post wrote about a new study from the Southern Education Foundation, which finds that private schools in America are overwhelmingly white. The study’s author makes the illogical and unsubstantiated argument that the private school choice movement of today is an extension of the racism […] Read more »
March 24, 2016
A letter to the editor published in Education Week addresses a national study about online charter schools that has raised concerns from many about its methodology. Mary Gifford and Jeff Kwitowski from K12 Inc. write: “Measuring online schools through accountability systems designed for traditional schools creates an apples-to-oranges exercise. These systems are often misaligned and […] Read more »