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The National Alliance in the News  News to Know
  • “D.C. Enrollment Plan Includes Common Form for Charters, Traditional Schools,” Education Week, Nov. 22
  • “A Texas Cheers to Charters,” Houston Chronicle, Nov. 21
  • “Comparing Union and Charter Teacher Contracts,” Wall Street Journal, Nov. 20
  • “Is New York’s Charter-School Era Waning?,” The New Yorker, Nov. 19
  • “Researcher Critiques Study on Special Needs Students in Charters,” Education Week, Nov. 18
Audience Favorites Facebook— Can ‘cultural field trips’ increase critical thinking, recall, tolerance, and empathy among students? Read what a recent study found in our latest blog entry: http://bit.ly/1cDTIKN Twitter— @charteralliance How does the president’s pre-K proposal fit in with #charterschools? Read more in our latest blogbit.ly/I3D26z You can stay up to date on all the developments in the public charter school sector by subscribing to our regular news updates…Sign up here.

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Happy Holidays!

Our office will be closed from Christmas Day to New Years Day. We wish all of you a happy holidays, safe travels, and look forward to working with you in the new year! Holiday_card_3

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Creating High-Performing Charters to Transform Lives

Today, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) made an important statement: it’s time to focus on quality. In its new campaign, NACSA will support authorizers as they close failing charter schools and open twice as many excellent ones. The goal is to provide an additional 1 million students an education in high-quality public charter schools. To accomplish the goal, NACSA will urge states to improve charter school laws so that they:
  1. 1.) Set clear expectations for the performance of public charter schools;
  2. 2.) Hold authorizers accountable for the schools they oversee; and
  3. 3.) Create statewide authorizers, which are more likely to promote quality growth.
Several hundred public charter schools will need to close under this renewed focus on quality, but NACSA says that the changes are necessary to ensure the charter sector will grow successfully in the long term. “The charter school idea is predicated on the notion that in exchange for autonomy and freedom from bureaucratic rules, schools would face closure if they fail to meet their academic goals,” said Nina S. Rees, the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “I fully support that and support the efforts of authorizers to get it right, whatever the numbers may be. I also support NACSA’s efforts to promote growth and quality at the same time and to push policies that will help ensure that every charter public school is a high-quality school.” Click here for more about the 1 million lives campaign – or follow #1millionlives on Twitter. You can find additional media coverage of the 1 million lives campaign at the Huffington PostEducation Week, and Atlanta Journal Constitution. I Million Lives           Image via NACSA website

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NAPCS in the News 
  • “Learning from the Test,” op-ed by Nina Rees (President & CEO), U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 9
  • “America’s Charter School Surge,” video featuring Nina, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 12
  • “Report: D.C. charter schools have third-highest market share in the nation,” National Alliance report cited, Washington Post, Dec. 10
  • “More Detroit students attend charter schools than traditional public schools,” National Alliance report cited, Detroit News, Dec. 10
  • “New Report: Majority of New Orleans, Detroit Students in Charters,” Nina quoted & National Alliance report cited,Education Week, Dec. 10
  • “Clark County’s charter schools continue to chart strong growth,” National Alliance report cited, Las Vegas Sun, Dec. 10
  • “Charter schools increase as more existing schools seek to ‘convert,” National Alliance report cited, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 10
  • “Palm Beach district tied for 10th largest growth in charter school enrollment nationwide,” National Alliance report cited,The Palm Beach Post, Dec. 10
  • “Charter schools surge in state, nation,” Nina quoted & National Alliance report cited, San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 10
  • “For 4th Straight Year, LA Unified Has the Most Charter Students,” National Alliance report cited, LA School Report, Dec. 10
  • “With charter enrollment surging, Miami-Dade public schools look to tighten the rules,” Nina quoted & National Alliance report cited, Miami Herald, Dec. 10
  • “Charter Schools Continue Dramatic Growth Despite Controversies,” Nina quoted & National Alliance report cited,Huffington Post, Dec. 10
News to Know
  • “Washington State Judge Rules Charter Schools Can Move Forward,” Seattle Times, Dec. 13
  • “North Carolina Sees New Flurry of Charter-School Applications,” News & Observer, Dec. 12
  • “Indiana Governor Pence Puts New Emphasis on Charter Schools in Education Agenda,” Courier-Journal, Dec. 11
  • “Eight North Carolina Charters Up for Renewal,” WUNC, Dec. 10
  • “Survey: Large Majority of Kentuckians Favors Public Charter Schools,” WFPL, Dec. 9
Audience Favorites Facebook— It’s here! The 8th annual market share report on charter school growth. More than 135 districts across the country have at least 10% of their students enrolled in charters. Did your district make the list? Find out here: http://bit.ly/1bAzFPl. Click LIKE if you’re excited that 2.3 million students go to charters and leave us a comment if your school district is in the report! Twitter— @charteralliance How much did charter schools grow last school year? bit.ly/1bAzFPl #chartergrowthpic.twitter.com/vjn6VytvzN You can stay up to date on all the developments in the public charter school sector by subscribing to our regular news updates…Sign up here.

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New York City Charter School Center Launches Replication Program

For the past decade New York City has been home to some of the most successful charter schools in the country. This week the New York City Charter School Center unveiled a new program that will work with charter school supporters across the country to help create 25,000 new high-quality public charter school seats by the 2017-18 school year by replicating existing high-quality school models. The Replicating Quality Schools: Launching the Next Generation of High Quality Schools initiative will provide the skills, information, and resources needed to school leaders and emerging networks hoping to open new high-quality charter schools or expand their operations. The program is intended to be launched in four cities within the next three years. The first anticipated city is New Orleans, where the eight-week training program will kick off this October. With almost one million names on charter school waitlists nationwide, this initiative can’t come soon enough. Learn more at http://www.nyccharterschools.org/content/replicate

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Analysis of the Washington State Public Charter School Ballot Measure

Education Week’s Charters & Choice blog featured analysis of voting patterns on Washington state’s narrowly approved public charter schools measure. Central to the analysis was a county-by-county breakdown of the presidential race (below)… WA Pres Votes             …compared to the tallies for the ballot measure (below). WA Charter Votes             The results of the ballot measure defied some traditional partisan, geographic splits within the state. Check out the original Charters & Choice blog for the full analysis and commentary.

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NAPCS in the News
  • “Charter school group calls for tougher laws,” Nina Rees (President and CEO) quoted in USA Today, Nov. 28
News to Know
  • “Michigan Bill Would Require Districts to Offer Vacant Buildings to Charters,” Livingston Daily, Nov. 30
  • “A New Campaign for Public Charter School Accountability,” Education Week, Nov. 29
  • “Study: New Jersey Charter Students Outperform District Peers,” Education Week, Nov. 28
  • “Public Charter Schools Among Race to the Top Finalists,” Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, Nov. 27
  • “Charter Advocates Lobby to Restore Tax Credit for Facilities,” Education Week, Nov. 26
Audience Favorites Facebook— Congrats to Christian Sanchez, a 16-year-old Capital City Public Charter School student, who received the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Learn more about Christian’s award here:http://www.galatheatre.org/galita.php?cmd=loadEvent&id=124 Twitter— RT @benbwieder: Nina Rees of @charteralliance says 150 charter schools closed last year, evidence of good charter accountability #EIA12 You can stay up to date on all the developments in the public charter school sector by subscribing to our regular news updates…Sign up here.

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NAPCS in the News 
  • “3 Things Lawmakers Can Do to Help Teachers,” op-ed by Nina Rees (President & CEO), U.S. News & World Report, Dec.2
News to Know
  • “Texas Charter Schools Flexing Their Muscles,” Star-Telegram, Dec. 6
  • “Put School Money Where It Will Work,” Tennessean, Dec. 5
  • “Custom Software Helps Cities Manage School Choice,” Education Week, Dec. 4
  • “Coeur d’Alene Charter One of Idaho’s Top Schools,” Associated Press, Dec. 3
  • “Washington Charter Applications to Be Posted Monday,” Bellingham Herald, Dec. 2
Audience Favorites Facebook— One of the things we’re thankful for this year are the amazing teachers who give so much of themselves to their students. LIKE & SHARE and add thanks for your favorite teacher (See Picture Below) Twitter— @charteralliance Great video from @schoolchoicewk showing how having the choice of #charterschools revolutionizes education bit.ly/1cWY3Jc You can stay up to date on all the developments in the public charter school sector by subscribing to our regular news updates…Sign up here. ttt

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Gates Foundation Awards Grants to Communities Focused on Public Charter and Traditional School Collaboration

Today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced new competitive funding for seven cities as part of its goal to foster for bold collaboration between public charter and district schools. The cities receiving grants totaling nearly $25 million are: Boston, Denver, Hartford (CT), New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia and Spring Branch (TX). “When schools and leaders in communities work together, learn from each other, share resources, best practices and sometimes even facilities, collectively we have a better chance at improving the educational opportunities for all children,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “We applaud these cities for helping to lead the way and look forward to continuing to learn from their efforts and collaboration to benefit more students throughout the country.” These communities are part of a group of 16 cities that have signed District-Charter Collaboration Compacts. In these cities, public charter and district school leaders, teachers, superintendents, and other community partners, such as mayors, local teachers’ unions and/or school board members, are working together to ensure all students in their communities receive a high-quality education that prepares them for college and career.

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NAPCS in the News
  • “Grants Back District-Charter Collaboration,” Nina Rees (President and CEO) quoted in New York Times, Dec. 5
  • “Texas Charters Look to Legislative Agenda,” Nina Rees cited in San Angelo Standard-Times, Dec. 5
News to Know
  • “California Appeals Court Reverses Charter Facilities Decision,” Los Angeles Times, Dec. 7
  • “Gates Foundation Gives $25 Million to Help Charters, Traditional Schools Cooperate,” Wall Street JournalWashington Post, Dec. 6
  • “Boston Wins Gates Foundation Grant for District-Charter Collaboration,” Boston Globe, Dec. 5
  • “Editorial: In Chicago, Build On Successes of Charter Schools,” Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 4
  • “Op-ed: Public Charter Schools Save Taxpayers Money,” Wall Street Journal, Dec. 3
Audience Favorites Facebook—  Washington State is official on our Public Charter Schools Dashboard! Check out this comprehensive data resource to learn more about public charter schools in 42 states and D.C. http://dashboard.publiccharters.org/dashboard/policy/page/overview/year/2013 Twitter— @JBernalYESPrep@Ninacharters says charters are advancing the cause through talent, passion, innovations, and accountability. #tcsaconf You can stay up to date on all the developments in the public charter school sector by subscribing to our regular news updates…Sign up here.