As the Charter Schools Program enters its second quarter-century, federal policymakers should broaden the program’s focus to embrace smart growth policies, help existing charters improve, and address challenges in the charter sector.
Switching schools can have negative effects for students and their new schools; districts and charter schools should therefore have equitable approaches to accepting new students and backfilling open seats.
The time is now for policymakers to take a bold and comprehensive approach to K-12 education.
From teacher pay to school infrastructure to workforce readiness, new governors should move quickly to advance key education priorities in their states.
For-profit virtual charter schools consistently underperform other public schools. Available financial records demonstrate that large for-profit virtual charter school operators allocate public dollars toward advertising, executive compensation, lobbying, and profit at the expense of instruction.
Getting high school students to and through college requires K-12 school systems to invest more in comprehensive college preparation efforts.
High-performing public charter schools offer school schedules that better align with the needs of working families.
The negative impact of vouchers on student achievement is equivalent to missing out on more than one-third of a year of classroom learning.
High-quality charter schools exemplifying progressive values by providing historically underserved students with equal educational opportunity deserve our support.
Collaboration in special education between charter schools and traditional public school districts offers the potential to benefit students with disabilities.
A CAP chart illustrates the differences between strong policies for public charter schools and the plan from President Donald Trump and his secretary of education nominee, Betsy DeVos.
Great principals are critical to student success and their preparation and development is a key priority for successful school networks.