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Education Week
October 1, 2014

By Arianna Prothero

The District of Columbia and the state of Louisiana have the "healthiest" charter school systems, while Oregon and Nevada have the weakest sectors, according to a new report released Wednesday by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

The inaugural Health of the Charter Sector report examines the gap between policy and practice by looking at the levels of growth, quality and innovation in state's charter sectors.


Washington Post
September 29, 2014

By Michael Alison Chandler

The line of parents waiting to attend back-to-school night stretched down the sidewalk, and many of them had no idea what to expect as they approached the historic school on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast Washington.

Last year, the building housed Imagine Southeast Public Charter School, a school whose charter was revoked. But instead of closing its doors, the school’s former leaders brought in another operator — New York-based Democracy...

News Channel 10
September 25, 2014

By Madison Alewel

Amarillo, TX - Glenwood Elementary School is setting an example for schools across the state when it comes to overcoming academic barriers.

This past school year, 750 schools in Texas did not meet state education standards, 16 of which are in our area. Many of the schools are facing language and economic barriers just like Glenwood.

The odds are stacked against Glenwood because about 96 percent of their students...

Texas Public Radio
September 25, 2014

We've known for a long time that inequality and systemic educational barriers are holding back many young African-Americans. President Obama has led an initiative to help close the opportunity gap for young black men.


September 25, 2014

By Josh Mcgee

The Texas Education Agency recently released new accountability ratings showing that 90 percent of the state’s school districts are meeting the TEA standard. The results have left many parents asking: “How high did we set the bar?” And the fact is, we simply don’t know. These “pass/fail” ratings, where nearly every campus is rated as “Met Standard” (passing), tell us very little about the quality of our schools.

The TEA says its performance index framework is...