Tag: charter schools

Celebrating National School Choice Week

Editor’s note: Nina Rees is the President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. reimaginED shares this commentary from Rees as National School Choice Week 2023 comes to a close. Happy National School Choice Week! This week is an opportunity to celebrate the 3.7 million students, 7,700[Read More…]

Supreme Court opens path to religious charter schools

Editor’s note: This article appears in the Winter 2023 issue of Education Next. In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Carson v. Makin that Maine violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by excluding religious schools from a private-school-choice program—colloquially known as “town tuitioning”—for students in school districts[Read More…]

School choice options expanded across U.S. in 2022

Editor’s note: This analysis of school choice trends in 2002 appeared Monday on theanswertampa.com. More parents overwhelmingly chose school choice in 2022 after expressing frustration with lockdown policies, school boards and mandates. As more state legislators look to expand school choice policies in 2023, Florida is seen as a model[Read More…]

Best of 2022: Virtual reality charter school takes students to the moon, under the sea

Editor’s note: In keeping with our year-end tradition, the team at reimaginED reviewed our work over the past 12 months to find stories and commentaries that represent our best content of 2022. This post from reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie is the sixth in our series. Buie donned a headset[Read More…]

The long-term shifts taking place in American K-12 education

American K-12 education was doing quite poorly before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. In comparisons to other nations on international exams, American schools spent lavishly but scored poorly. Now matters are worse. The Stanford Educational Opportunity Project recently measured change in reading scores by school district between 2019 and[Read More…]

Keep an open mind about so-called for-profit charter schools

Editor’s note: This commentary from Amber M. Northern, senior vice president for research at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and Nathaniel Grossman, an editorial and program associate at Fordham, written expressly for reimgainED, explores the myths and misperceptions about charter schools. More than two years ago, a Florida newspaper editorial[Read More…]

‘The Baptists and the Bootleggers’ and religious charter schools

Last week we discussed the Oklahoma attorney general’s advisory opinion against enforcement of the state’s prohibition on religious charter schools. After reading up on the subject, I declared myself president of the “Religious Charter Schools are Permissible, Mandatory and a Bad Idea” Club. My view on this is not motivated[Read More…]

Oklahoma attorney general: Law against religious charter schools may be unconstitutional

Editor’s note: This article appeared Friday on oklahoman.com. Oklahoma’s law barring public charter schools from being run by sectarian or religious organizations could be a violation of the First Amendment, according to an opinion from Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor. O’Connor cites recent Oklahoma and U.S. Supreme Court rulings to[Read More…]