Charter Schools

Mississippi families deserve better than a charter-light charter school law

The film classic Jurassic Park includes a scene in which Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm grows frustrated after touring around for the better part of a day without seeing much. Speaking into a remote camera in his tour vehicle, Malcolm asks, “Now, eventually you do plan to have dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour, right?”[Read More…]

West Virginia is seizing the moment to make school choice history

Editor’s note: This commentary from educator Garris Stroud, author and education choice advocate from rural Western Kentucky, points out that school choice, historically seen as an urban issue, has clear benefits for more rural areas as demonstrated by West Virginia’s authorization of two virtual charter schools, which will expand options[Read More…]

Florida education choice activist set to open statewide virtual charter school

“Each day, our scholars will receive live instruction in the metaverse (our virtual reality classroom that could be anywhere from the ancient theater in Pompeii to a prehistoric watering hole) and experience an immersive, collaborative, and socially appropriate experience with their instructor and peers.” – Erika Donalds Imagine going to[Read More…]

Best of 2021: Creativity and passion for teaching sends educator to the principal’s office

Editor’s note: reimaginED is proud to reintroduce to our readers our best content of 2021. This post from senior writer Lisa Buie originally published on Sept. 9. In 2019, when she was teaching at Butler College Prep, a public four-year charter high school in Chicago, Kendrah Underwood earned the reputation[Read More…]

By all means, keep moving

I read the new American Federation for Children/Step Up for Students study on choice for Black students in Florida, and found a bit of inspiration in the following charts: These charts compare the NAEP scores for Black students attending Florida charter schools to those of statewide averages for Black students.[Read More…]

A rigorous curriculum is why this school is rising

STUART, Fla. – The trials of Odysseus have nothing on the long and winding road that is classical education in America. Odysseus wandered for a decade. Classical education has been sidelined for a century. But the gleaming new school in this stretch of Florida, not far from where lost treasures[Read More…]

New network is connecting state charter school authorizers and districts that recognize, value charters

Editor’s note: This commentary from three leaders in the charter school arena – Melissa Brady, executive director of the Florida Association of Charter School Authorizers; Alex Medler, executive director of the Colorado Association of Charter School Authorizers; and Tom Hutton, executive director of California Charter Authorizing Professionals; appeared Monday on[Read More…]

A tale of three Pennsylvania schools, Part 3

Editor’s note: reimaginED guest bloggers Walter Blanks Jr. and Nathan Cunneen, who serve as press secretary and communications associate, respectively, for the American Federation for Children, recently had the chance to see the inner workings of several charter, private and virtual schools in Pennsylvania. Their visits came courtesy of an[Read More…]