charter schools

School Reform
12:19 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Diane Ravitch On The State Of The Public School

Diane Ravitch's book "Reign of Error."

The popular narrative around public schools is that they’re failing and that teachers and administrators are to blame. Reformers argue for charter schools. They call for evaluating teachers based on the test scores of their students. They urge abolition of policies that reward seniority among teachers.

Diane Ravitch thinks they’re wrong. She thinks what passes for reform is a hoax. Ravitch is a historian of education and a research professor at New York University. She was an Assistant Secretary of Education in the first Bush administration. Her latest book is "Reign of Error: The Hoax Of The Privatization Movement And The Danger To American Schools."

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Education
4:38 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Seattle’s First Charter School To Serve Traumatized Children

First Place School, Seattle's first private charter school, will be serving children who have experienced trauma.
Flickr Photo/ Sharon Drummond

Marcie Sillman talks with Dan Seydel, board president and charter development chair for First Place School. Starting fall 2014, Seattle's first private charter school will be serving children who have experienced significant trauma.

Education Reform
9:17 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Charter Commission Advised To Approve Only Six Schools Thursday

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The Washington State Charter School Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on the 19 charter applications it received.

The commission hired outside evaluators, who advised that only six out of the 19 applications be approved.

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Education Reform
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Parents Pack Meetings With Charter School Hopefuls

Parents in a packed room listen to public testimony regarding proposed charter schools in the Seattle area at South Seattle Community College on Monday.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

The Washington State Charter School Commission is wrapping up three weeks of public hearings for 19 proposed schools.

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Education Reform
1:27 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Public Hearings On Charter School Proposals Begin Today

The Washington State Charter School Commission will host nine public forums around the state this month regarding the 19 charter school proposals it is considering. The first one is  Monday afternoon in Spokane.

Each forum will focus on up to three proposals, and begin with a presentation from the charter applicants.

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Charter Schools
4:31 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

In One NYC School, A Snapshot Of Bloomberg's Education Legacy

James Breton is a sophomore at the Academy for Software Engineering, one of several small schools now housed in New York's Washington Irving High School building.
Beth Fertig WNYC

Washington Irving High used to be a large school of 4,000 students. But today, the elegant, century-old building, its walls painted with murals depicting scenes from New York history, is home to seven separate schools.

The changes at this school, near the hustle and bustle of Manhattan's Union Square, offer a window into the imprint outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made on the city's public school system.

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Charter School Law
7:04 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Ruling Allows Charter Schools To Move Forward In Washington

King County Judge Jean Rietschel found charter schools ineligible for some state funds.
Flickr Photo/everyday Zoid

A King County Superior Court ruling Thursday will allow the introduction of charter schools in Washington, but struck down part of the law as unconstitutional.    

In her ruling, Judge Jean Rietschel upheld much of the charter school law, and the state attorney general said the state will continue to implement it.

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Education Reform
7:59 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Charter Schools' Volunteer Demands Could Deter Poor Families, Critics Say

Charter schools are not legally allowed to discriminate against children, but many are setting high expectations of volunteer time from family members as part of their enrollment standards.
Flickr Photo/WarzauWynn

Proposals for Washington state's first-ever charter schools include a wide range of educational models, from a focus on team sports to a military school.

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Education Reform
5:13 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

22 Contenders Vie To Become State's First Charter Schools

Thirty-one schools, as shown above, filed a notice of intent with the state to establish a charter school, over half of which would be in either King or Pierce county. Twenty-two schools completed applications by Friday's deadline.
Credit Kara McDermott

A military school for at-risk youth.

A high school that uses sports to teach life lessons.

A school focused on special education.

These are three of the 22 proposals for Washington state’s first charter schools that made it in by last Friday’s deadline.

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Education
11:58 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint

Shayna Terrell is the outreach coordinator at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia.
Matt Stanley for NPR

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:39 am

This is final story in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.

Shayna Terrell is in a good mood: It's report card night at the Simon Gratz Mastery Charter high school in North Philadelphia, and parents are showing up in good numbers.

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Education Reform
8:49 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Meet The (Hopeful) Charters: Some Mixed Records, Others Just Failing

Thirty-one schools filed a notice of intent with the state to establish a charter school, over half of which would be in either King or Pierce county. The final deadline for completed applications is November 22.
Credit KUOW/Kara McDermott


Supporters of last year’s charter schools initiative in Washington state promised the law would bring successful charter models from across the country and improve academic outcomes for public school students.

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Education Reform
8:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

A Look At Washington's First Charter School Contenders

Flickr Photo/Rocky Lubbers

Correction 10/24/2013: This story has been changed to correct the number of schools that can be approved in the first round of applications.

More than two dozen organizations say they’ll apply to start the state’s first charter schools.

Included among them: A school for gifted early elementary students in Spokane Valley; a Tacoma branch of the national charter chain Green Dot; and a Seattle elementary for kids who have experienced extreme trauma.

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Education
2:03 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami

Pitbull is one of a growing list of celebrities who have opened their wallets or given their names to charter schools.
Jeff Daly AP

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 6:52 am

Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.

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Charter Schools
12:16 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Charter School Commission Opens Application Process

Flickr Photo/Nick Amoscato (CC BY-NC-ND)

Last November, Washington became the 42nd state to allow charter schools. Yesterday, the Washington Charter School Commission opened the statewide application process. The voter approved initiative allows for 40 charter schools to open over the next five years. Ross Reynolds talks with Steve Sundquist, Commission chair, about what they're looking for in the charter school applications.

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Applications For Charter Schools
2:14 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Meet The Charter School Operators

Flickr Photo/ccarlstead

Last November, Washington became the 42nd state to legalize charter schools. The voter-approved initiative allows for no more than 40 public charter schools to open over a five-year period. The first schools could open as early as next fall.

Next week, the state Charter School Commission will begin sifting through applications from would-be charter school operators. Who are these potential operators? And how might charter schools be different from traditional public schools?

Brenda McDonald is planning principal for the Spokane School District. She’s applying to open Pride Prep in Spokane, which would serve grades 6 through 12.

Kristina Bellamy-McClain is the former principal of Emerson Elementary in Seattle. She’s applying to open a K-8 school in South King County or Tacoma.

They talked with Ross Reynolds.

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