October 23, 2017

“You shoulda been there,” John Merrow wrote on his blog a few days ago, referring to our inaugural Independent Charter School Symposium. Indeed, you shoulda -- but many were and many more would have been if we’d had the wherewithal to advertise more broadly. For a fledgling in a crowded nest of education conferences, the Symposium overperformed and there’s every reason to believe that the goodwill and energy unleashed at the con...

October 17, 2017

Stand-alone charter schools say they’re often overlooked in favor of big-name networks like KIPP — while at the same time being unfairly tied to Betsy DeVos’s agenda.

At a symposium last week, a number of school leaders agreed to try to change that by launching a new national organization dedicated to independent, or “mom-and-pop,” charters.

“When people think of charters, they do not think of us,” said Steve Zimmerman, an organiz...

As a longtime believer in the possibility of charter schools, the so-called “charter movement” has been a disappointment. But last week in New York City some folks got together at the Independent Charter School Symposium with the goal of fixing that.

Many of the ideas that initially attracted me to charter schools—community empowerment, authentic education for youth left behind, piloting promising practices to share with tra...

Students dressed in uniforms standing in military-straight lines under a dangling line of college pennants. An ethos of "no excuses" for low academic achievement.

That, perhaps, is the most popular notion of what makes a charter school. And that's because a relatively small number of charter networks—KIPP, Success Academy, and YES Prep to name a few—dominate the sector in ways that over the last decade or so have shaped the natio...

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