Charter Schools

For-profit Schools

As states have opened the door for investors to gain access to tax dollars through for-profit charter schools, an entire industry has developed. It is now booming, with private equity groups holding conferences to recruit hedge fund managers and others to invest in for-profit education opportunities, teaching them how to profit from state education dollars. (Click here to read …

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National Association of Charter School Authorizers Calls for Closing of Failing Charter Schools

In November 2012, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) launched a campaign to improve the overall quality of charter schools and increase the frequency of closing failing charter schools. NACSA is challenging states to tighten charter school laws to increase the likelihood of success and to do a better job of holding charters and …

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Charter Schools Position

The Parents’ Campaign supports the authorization of charter schools in unsuccessful school zones. Our Position The Parents’ Campaign supports the authorization of charter schools in the school attendance zones of any traditional public schools that for the two most recent years have had accountability ratings that are below C – Successful (Academic Watch, Low Performing, …

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Seven Principles for Sound Charter School Policy

The following are seven principles that should be included in charter school legislation to ensure that resources are focused where they will improve student achievement, limit increases in administrative costs, rejuvenate struggling communities, and give Mississippi children who are trapped in underperforming schools a shot at a bright future. Permit charters only in school zones …

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Alabama Considers Charter School Legislation

Legislators in our neighboring state of Alabama also considered charter school bills in their 2012 session. They had vigorous public debate about how to ensure that charter schools help the children in their state whose schools are failing to educate them. The original charter school bills introduced in both chambers were changed significantly in response …

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Charter School Bill Needs Work

The public charter schools bill that is most likely to be debated in the Senate, SB2401, has been introduced. The bill has many of the problems we anticipated, and it needs to be amended so that it has the intended effect: to improve student achievement and provide good options for kids who are trapped in chronically underperforming schools. A strong …

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