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Nora Kern, Senior Manager of Research and Analysis, tells us her favorites of the day:

Links: The President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) and a Detroit News op-ed give insight on the debate surrounding the removal of Michigan’s growth cap on cyber charter schools.

Likes: The Mackinac Center for Public Policy conducted analysis of online charter school spending trends. The table below compares Michigan Virtual Charter Academy’s current spending to conventional district averages in 2010 (the most recent data available):

Itemized spending as a percent of total general fund spending MVCA (FY’12) Conventional district average (FY’10)
Instruction 61% 60%
Instructional support 9% 10%
Administration/Management 17% 12%
Technology Services 7% -
Authorizer fee 3% -
Operations and maintenance 2% 10%
Transportation 0% 4%
Other 0% 4%
Total noninstructional spending 29% 30%

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Kristin Yochum, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, tells us her favorites of the day:

Link: NCPSE compiled a go-to resource for national and state organizations that take a stand on school choice.

Like: Jon Stewart tests Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on February 16th. Jon pushed the Secretary on Race to the Top’s (RTT) focus on rewarding states with the highest achievement rates, and the impact that ultimately has in the classroom. Do yourself a favor and check out the whole interview–Part 1Part 2Part 3. (Part 2 has the most focus on RTT, for the other RTT-geeks out there).

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Taishya Adams, Director of State Services, tells us her favorites of the day:

Links: The Politics K-12 blog examines the National Governor’s Association interim proposal to give states lots of running room when it comes to crafting their accountability plans under ESEA reauthorization.

Likes: Everywhere I turned this past weekend, I could not get away from the news of Whitney Houston’s death. I’ve loved Whitney’s music as long as I can remember. My favorite performance was at the Super Bowl singing the national anthem. It is a rendition that never ceases to raise the hairs on my arms and warm my heart with pride of being a citizen of this fine nation.

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Nora Kern, Senior Manager for Research and Analysis, tells us her favorites of the day

Links: Tony Robert’s ‘laugh so you don’t cry’ insider account of the Georgia State legislature vote on the public charter school constitutional amendment.

Likes: Gotye’s “Thanks for your time.” I wish I was the type of person who could turn my annoying customer service experiences into artistic expression.

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Media Round Up

NAPCS in the News

  • “Public Charter Schools Reach New Milestone: Record 6,000 Schools Are Serving 2.3 Million Students,” Nina Rees (President & CEO) and NAPCS data quoted, PR Newswire, Jan. 15
  • “Report Says Florida A National Leader In Charter School Growth — Another Says It’s Not Fast Enough,” Nina Rees and NAPCS data quoted, WLRN, Jan 15
  • “California Charter Schools Grow At Fastest U.S. Rate,” NAPCS data cited, Huffington Post, Jan. 15
  • “Report: Florida second in nation in public charters,” NAPCS data cited, Miami Herald, Jan. 15

News to Know

  • “Massachusetts Bill Would End Charter Cap,” Boston Globe, Jan. 18
  • “Mississippi Senate Passes Charter School Bill,” Clarion Ledger, Jan. 17
  • “New York City Mayoral Candidate Outlines Education Proposals,” Wall Street Journal, Jan. 16
  • “Study: Michigan Charters Give Students an Edge,” Detroit News, Jan. 15
  • “Tennessee Lawmakers to Consider Statewide Charter Authorizer,” Memphis Commercial Appeal, Jan. 14

Audience Favorites

Facebook—Public Charter Schools Reach New Milestone: Record 6,000 Schools Are Serving 2.3 Million Students. “The growth of the public charter sector continues because parents are demanding quality options for their children,” said Nina Rees, NAPCS president and CEO. Learn more about the growth in public charter schools and student enrollment here.

Twitter—@educationweek There are a record 6,000 #charter schools for the 2012-13 school year, @charteralliance says:blogs.edweek.org/edweek/charter… via @EWKatieAsh

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Historic Approval Rating for Public Charter Schools

According to the Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa International Poll released today, public charter schools garnered a 70 percent approval rating—the highest recorded since the question was first asked 10 years ago.

Children across America are reaping the benefits of high-performing charter schools and are sharing their satisfaction with family and friends. Support for charter schools is especially strong among Americans under age 40, with 76 percent of Generation Y expressing support.

The poll also found that 70 percent of Americans believe in giving teachers more “flexibility to teach in ways they think best.”  Public charter schools offer teachers the freedom to do just that, as long as they get results for their students.  Innovative efforts to develop and implement next-generation learning models, like virtual and hybrid school models, that make Internet access and exposure to digital learning part of the classroom experience are especially promising.

Click here to read the report in its entirety and here to participate in our online discussion about this historic level of support. 

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U.S. Rep. Kline Recognizes National Charter Schools Week

U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) released the following statement in recognition of National Charter Schools Week (May 1st – May 7th):

“Charter schools epitomize innovation and flexibility – not only do they raise the bar for student achievement, they also encourage parents to play a more active role in their child’s education. Best of all, the success of any given charter school hinges on results – in this performance-based education system, teachers and officials are held accountable for the achievements of every student.

“Washington leaders on both sides of the aisle recognize high-performing charter schools as a valuable subset of the public school system that should receive our unwavering support. As we forge a new path for education in America, we must learn from the accomplishments of these schools and promote federal policies and initiatives that encourage choice, innovation, and excellence.”