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    Are Charter Schools Too Black?

    Are Charter Schools Too Black?
    Seventy percent of black charter school students have few white classmates, estimates a study by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. From the Washington Post: To the authors of the study, the findings point to a civil rights issue: “As the country continues moving steadily toward greater segregation and inequality of education for students of color in schools with lower achievement ...
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    Magnet Schools Defined

    Magnet schools represent an effort to promote school desegregation and enhance educational quality. The word "magnet" is used because it brings students together at a school that might not normally attend due to distance or district boundaries. Magnet schools are public schools at the elementary, middle or high school level that can be centered around a certain discipline or reform focus, ...
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    Prevalence of Magnet Programs

    The number of magnet school programs has increased dramatically over the past decade, with one in two large urban districts currently offering magnet school programs. The number of individual magnet schools has more than doubled over the past decade, with a total of 2,400 magnet schools and 3,200 individual magnet programs (some schools house more than one magnet program) being offered ...
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    Who Starts Charter Schools?

    Thoughtful community members, concerned parents, dedicated teachers, university educators, and political and business people are among those who have come together to create charter schools. KIPP Academy Houston was started by two former Teach For America teachers using two classrooms within a pre-existing public school. The BASIS School in Tucson was started by a husband and wife team of college educators. ...
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    Admission Process for Charter Schools

    Parents choose to enroll their children in charter schools, usually entering a lottery for selection when schools are oversubscribed. The schools are free to determine their own governing structures, which include parents and teachers as active members. In all these configurations, autonomy gives charter schools the flexibility to allocate their budgets; hire staff; and create educational programs with curriculum, pedagogy, organizational ...
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    Mission of Charter Schools

    At the heart of each charter school is a well-conceived and powerful mission, a shared educational philosophy that guides decision-making at every level. The spirit of the mission appears in slogans on hall placards, banners, and T-shirts and resounds in chants, assemblies, and informal conversations. In some schools, the mission is to prepare low-income, urban students for higher education, students, for ...
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    Staff at Charter Schools

    Each charter school has the autonomy to hire staff that fit its program. Gates, for example, hires teachers with specialized certification to work with English language learners. The school also hires a number of part-time teachers to reduce group sizes during core academic instruction and created a position for a teacher leader to oversee the school's complex array of programs. One ...
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    The Charter Choice

    At each of these schools, the culture forged around a shared educational vision creates a strong sense of community. Parents choose to send their children, and students know why they are there. The schools tend to be small, which itself allows an intimacy and face-to-face recognition not possible in larger schools. The fact that students are never assigned to a charter ...
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    Professional Development in Charter Schools

    In most charter schools, the whole accountability process, from end-of-term comprehensive exams, to weekly teacher sessions sharing student work, is used to steadily improve teaching and learning. Yearly analysis of progress, taking a hard look at what's working well and what isn't, becomes the basis for a schoolwide improvement plan with new goals for the coming year. Schools give constant attention ...
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    Governing at Charter Schools

    The freedom to innovate with governance models is a signal feature of charter schools. Each has a governing board of directors that is responsible for school policy-making and oversight. Those serving on governing boards are stakeholders in the truest sense of the word, people not only attuned to the school's mission, but also highly familiar with its daily operations. Including teachers ...
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    What is a Charter School?

    Charter schools are public schools that operate with freedom from many of the local and state regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools allow parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, and others the flexibility to innovate and provide students with increased educational options within the public school system. Charter schools are sponsored by local, state, or other organizations that monitor ...
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    How are Charter Schools Evaluated?

    Annually, charter schools are expected to evaluate their school program, quality of teaching, and student outcome measures in light of the mission and goals defined in the charter document. All charter schools publish an annual report or a school improvement accountability plan outlining specific goals to be accomplished each year. Over a longer time frame, typically three to five years, a ...
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    Finding a School Year Model That Works

    Finding a School Year Model That Works
    We all know how the system is supposed to work. You start your school year right after Labor Day. You attend school Monday through Friday, usually from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the next 10 months or so, with breaks for Christmas and the spring and most of the major holidays. You wrap up in early June, with students planning ...
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    Race to the Top: Where’s the Finish Line?

    Race to the Top: Where’s the Finish Line?
    If we put the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top grant in running terms, is it the 100-yard dash of education reform – a quick shot of cash in exchange for surface level reforms—or a 400-yard relay requiring team effort, strategic thinking and genuine long-term change? With stipulations that teachers unions, local school boards and state officials have to work together ...
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    Finish 10th Grade, Graduate High School?

    Finish 10th Grade, Graduate High School?
    Under a pilot program starting in the 2011-2012 school year, 10 to 20 high schools in each of eight states (Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) will allow sophomores ready to take college courses to graduate and move onto local community colleges. The idea comes from the National Center on Education and the Economy, which ...
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    How's Your State on Public Education?

    How's Your State on Public Education?
    Education Week released, "Quality Counts 2010," its annual report card on the state of public education in the U.S. today, praising some states and taking others to task on their stewardship of molding the next generation. What I find most interesting about the report is that states that score high marks on the metrics bundled under the heading "The Teaching Profession" ...
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    A Need for Alternative Education

    A Need for Alternative Education
    Anyone who thinks that the traditional public school, any private school, any charter school or home-school can and will be THE mode of education for everyone doesn’t know much about education. Every child is different. Every child learns differently and is motivated differently. It is imperative that alternative forms of education exist to meet the needs of all children, for not ...
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    What Exactly Is a Charter School?

    What Exactly Is a Charter School?
    One of the more consistent, ongoing suggestions for improving America’s educational system centers upon the creation of greater competition amongst public schools. The reason for the steady drumbeat centers upon a belief that a change to the free market system would be one of the best methods for creating better educational opportunities for children. In direct response to the push for ...
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    4 Necessities for School Reform

    4 Necessities for School Reform
    For months I have been over hearing colleagues talking about Michelle Rhee, the Chancellor of Washington D.C. schools. The word is she is bad. She is out-of-control. What is not spoken, but clearly understood is she (and what she represents) is a threat to the teacher unions. I started to investigate this Rhee character, read her interviews, and reviewed the criticism ...
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    Charter Schools in 2010

    Charter Schools in 2010
    Demand for charter school places surged by 21 percent last year, reports the Center for Education Reform’s Annual Survey of America’s Charter Schools 2010. Wait lists have grown to an average of 239 children per charter school. "In fact, 65 percent of U.S. charter schools have waiting lists, up from 59 percent in 2008, and some schools’ waiting lists are more ...
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