In only twenty years, the charter sector has grown from a single charter school in St. Paul, Minnesota to approximately 5,600 public charter schools serving more than 2 million students in nearly every state in the nation.
2011 has been a significant year for charter school policy across the country. At long last, Maine enacted a charter school law, becoming the 42nd jurisdiction that allows this innovative public school option. Ten states lifted their caps on charter school growth (either partially or entirely).
As the public charter schools movement approaches the 20 year anniversary of the opening of the first charter school, the sector continues to grow. Over 500 new public charter schools opened their doors for the 2011-12 school year.
The number of charter schools that hold collective bargaining agreements with teachers unions has largely been unknown.
Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) and Education Management Organizations (EMOs) play an important part in the scalability of the charter school movement by enabling the replication of models that work, creating economies of scale, encouraging collaboration between similar schools, and build
As the U.S. public charter school movement approaches the 20th anniversary of the first charter school opening, there is much to celebrate. There are now more than 5,000 charter schools serving nearly 2 million students across the country.
As we approach the 20th anniversary of the opening of our nation's first charter school, these innovative schools are providing significant public educational options for parents and students in an increasing number of communities.
At the National Alliance, we are working to ensure that public charter schools are equitably funded and that charter schools have appropriate access to the legal system to ensure equality.
Promoting equality in funding and facilities is contingent upon valid and reliable evidence of what and where the shortfalls are.
The world of federal grants available to charter schools is much wider than just the CSP!
This document was presented at the 2011 National Charter Schools Conference by Todd Ziebarth, vice president, state advocacy and support and Liza Grover, senior director, state advocacy and support. In the past year, public charter schools have garnered intense national scrutiny.