Charter Schools

Charter Bill Needs a Change – Please Call

Please give your senator a call about the charter school bill before Monday afternoon. While high quality charter schools can be a beneficial addition in chronically under-performing (D or F) school districts, they have the potential to harm good school districts by pulling away resources and diminishing the education provided to the vast majority of …

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Charter Schools in A, B, & C Districts, Calls Needed!

The House Education Committee has passed a bill that would allow charter schools to locate in any school district (including A, B, and C districts) without local board approval and would permit students to cross district lines to attend charter schools anywhere in the state, taking their local taxes with them. Ask your legislators to vote NO …

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Virtual Charter Schools

Comprehensive research has concluded that virtual (online) charter schools produce significantly worse academic results than brick and mortar public schools – either traditional or charter. Online charter schools are run by for-profit businesses that take state funding, cut costs to ensure greater profits, and move kids backward academically. The 2015 CREDO Study of taxpayer-funded, full-time virtual schools …

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Tennessee Charter School Law Eliminates Profit Motive

For-profit entities are not allowed to operate or manage charter schools in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Education: Though a few states allow for-profit entities to operate public charter schools, and many states allow non-profit charter school governing bodies to contract with for-profit entities to operate or manage charter schools, Tennessee law prohibits …

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Florida For-profit, Virtual Charter Lobbyists Backing MS Voucher Bill

There have been plenty of clues that the voucher bill being pushed in the Mississippi Legislature is not really about helping children with special needs (as it has been framed). One telling moment was when those pushing the vouchers refused to amend the bill to require that the voucher schools actually be capable of serving children with …

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Charter School Draft Request For Proposals and Scoring Rubric Released for Public Comment

Draft Charter School Application Guide (RFP) Draft Charter School Application Rubric Instructions for Submitting Public Comments Comments Submitted by The Parents’ Campaign The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board has released for public review the draft Request for Proposals (RFP), or the Charter School Application Guide, for the establishment of charter schools. Community groups and others …

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The Research on Charter Schools

The most recent and extensive study of charter schools (National Charter School Study, CREDO, released June 2013) found that: 25 % of charters performed better in reading than their traditional public school counterparts; 29% of charters performed better in math 19% performed worse in reading than their traditional public school counterparts; 31% of charters performed …

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