Charter Schools

Missouri charter schools will receive millions in state funds with governor’s signature

Editor’s note: This article appeared Wednesday on missouriindependent.com. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed into law a bill to infuse over $60 million in state funding into charter schools. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, aims to close a discrepancy in funding allocated to charter schools versus[Read More…]

Are religious charter schools coming soon?

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared Monday on nydailynews.com. Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Maine’s exclusion of faith-based schools from a tuition-assistance program for students in rural school districts violates the First Amendment’s free exercise clause. The reason why is clear: “The State pays tuition for certain students at private[Read More…]

Indianapolis charter schools ‘move the needle’ on achievement, study finds

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on The 74. New research on pre-pandemic academic achievement in Indianapolis is delivering a mixed bag of results: Students in K-12 schools there posted weaker learning gains in both reading and math than students statewide, while students who attended charter or charter-like “Innovation[Read More…]

Colorado survey shows support for charter schools

Editor’s note: This analysis appeared earlier this week on Colorado’s gazette.com. A majority of Colorado voters have a favorable view of charter schools and support opening new ones even in districts with declining enrollment. But support for charters was notably lower among Democratic voters. The findings come from a Magellan[Read More…]

Backfilling charter school seats didn’t hurt test scores, new Boston study finds

Editor’s note: This analysis from Marcus A. Winters, an associate professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, appears in the Summer 2022 issue of Education Next. Among the regulatory freedoms available to most charter schools[Read More…]

School choice champion and Florida charter school co-founder announces 2024 run for Pasco County School District superintendent

After several years of serious consideration, John Legg, a former state senator and longtime educator who co-founded one of the first charter schools in the Tampa Bay area, has decided to run for superintendent of the Pasco County School District. “I believe the skillsets I bring are what Pasco County[Read More…]

Florida moves forward on charter school reform

Charter schools in Florida will have a smoother path following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signing on Thursday of two bills related to charter school operation. House Bill 225 requires school boards to make a final decision about the future of charter schools at least 90 days prior to the end of[Read More…]

The big yellow school bus isn’t doing the job anymore

Editor’s note: This commentary from Christian Barnard, a senior policy analyst at Reason Foundation, appeared last week on The 74. Across the country, school bus driver shortages are limiting transportation services in public school districts and straining families. Adding to these challenges is the fact that as charter schools and public school open enrollment[Read More…]