Top 10 Posts on The Charter Blog in 2018

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It’s been an encouraging year for the charter school movement! Join us as we revisit some of what the movement has accomplished this past year with our top 10 most-read blog posts for 2018:

1. 5 Things to Know About Charter School Facilities as Students Head Back to School (September)

When students went back to school this fall, we were thinking about the school buildings that kids are walking into. That’s because most charter school leaders have to jump over serious hurdles to cobble together the funding to provide their students with an adequate school building. Here were the five things we wanted you to know about charter school facilities this year.

2. Hindered, but Not Deterred: Talking About Charter School Facilities with Clear Dot Charter School (October)

The National Alliance's Kelsey Nelson spoke with Lindsey Ott, principal of Clear Dot Charter School, about the process for securing their school building (we’re excited to see their school open in the fall of 2019!).

3. Congress Renewed the Perkins Act: What Does it Mean for Charter Schools? (August)

National Alliance Policy Advisor Christy Wolfe explained some of the changes for charter schools in the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which renewed the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

4. Charter Schools Meet the Needs of Special Education Students (August)

New methods of teaching help charter schools serve all students, but especially students with special needs. Jamison White, manager of data & research at the National Alliance, looked to Community Charter School of Cambridge as an example of a charter school collaboration between general and special education teachers to bring out the best in all their students.

5. 5 Public Charter Schools Making Waves for Their Take on the Vocational Model (September)

As Career Technical Education schools grow in popularity, Jamison explored how some charter schools incorporate career and technical training into their curriculum to open doors and change lives.

6. Aspiring Investment Banker Switches Paths to Teach Full-Time (September)

Becoming a teacher was never part of charter school alumnus Chris Gaskins’ plan. Little did he know, his life’s plan was about to change after participating in the Summer Teaching Fellowship at Uncommon Schools.

7. Rekindling the Heritage of an Unconquered Indian Tribe (November)

The 2019 Florida Teacher of the Year Joy Prescott describes how the Seminole Indians of Florida have overcome hardships, culminating in a charter school on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation that preserves their heritage.

8. Why I Support Charter Schools (July)

Since passing a new charter school law, New Mexico has seen several charter schools re-engage discouraged high schoolers in their education—sometimes many years after they originally gave up. New Mexico State Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino explains why his experience has led him to support charter schools.

9. FY 2018 Program Update: Charter Schools Program Funds Reaching Schools in 38 States (November)

In September, the U.S. Department of Education awarded grants in four of the six Charter Schools Programs: State Entities, Developers, Credit Enhancement, and Dissemination for a total of $400 million. Senior Policy Advisor Christy Wolfe takes a closer look at where the money went.

10. LGBTQ Acceptance at Albert Einstein Academies of Ohio (July)

Albert Einstein Academies of Ohio embarked on a new path to establish an intentionally and explicitly LGBTQ-affirming school, including providing competent mental and physical health resources and social supports. In this blog post, the school’s director of admissions/recruitment explains how the school is filling a need in their community.


Melinda Tolliver is the digital media manager at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.


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