Every Student Succeeds Act https://www.publiccharters.org/tags/every-student-succeeds-act en National Alliance Congratulates Recipients of 2017 U.S. Department of Education Charter Schools Program Grants https://www.publiccharters.org/press/national-alliance-congratulates-recipients-2017-u-s-department-education-charter-schools-program-grants <span>National Alliance Congratulates Recipients of 2017 U.S. Department of Education Charter Schools Program Grants</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/28/2017 - 15:48</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2017-09-28T12:00:00Z">September 28, 2017</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>WASHINGTON D.C. - </strong>Today the U.S. Department of Education announced the recipients of $253M in annual Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants, the first such awards under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which include separate and specific grants for:</p> <ul> <li>Funding State Entitiesto support the creation of new charter schools $144.7M;</li> <li>Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools $52.4M; and</li> <li>Credit Enhancementto help charter schools meet the cost of facilities $56.25M.</li> </ul> <p>" congratulate the winners of this years grant competition and look forward to supporting their success," said Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. "While these grants are critical, they fall far short of the need. We urge the administration and Congress to work together to boost the amount of CSP funding available to meet the demand for more and better public school options."</p> <p>Far too many U.S. children dont have access to the best schools our country can provide, and this is especially true for low-income students. Across the country, public charter schools are serving a higher percentage of students from low-income backgrounds (56 percent) than district-run schools (52 percent). And charter schools are helping disadvantaged students reach new levels of academic achievement. According to a 2015 study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, students enrolled in urban charter schools gained 40 additional days of learning in math per year and 28 additional days in reading compared to their district-run school peers.</p> <p>Currently, more than 3 million public school students attend more than 6,900 charter schools across 44 states and the District of Columbia. And a growing number of families are demanding more. According to a <a href="/publications/demanding-chance-parents-demand-charter-schools-continues-grow/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">nationally representative survey</a>, nearly 80 percent of parents want to have the option of choosing which public school their child attends, and more than 70 percent favor having a public charter school in their neighborhood.</p> <p><strong>More on the grants announced today below. </strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/state-entities/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">CSP Grants to State Entities (SE)</a></strong></p> <p>Only 9 of the 22 states that applied for CSP Grants for State Entities received funding. These grants enable state entities to award sub-grants to eligible applicants in their state to open and prepare for the operation of new charter schools and to replicate and expand high-quality charter schools. States that received CSP Grants for State Entities include Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin.</p> <p><a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/charter-schools-program-grants-for-replications-and-expansion-of-high-quality-charter-schools/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"><strong>CSP Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools</strong></a></p> <p>Approximately $52 million in CSP Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools were awarded to 17 non-profit charter management organizations (CMOs) with a demonstrated success in improving student achievement. Grant funds may be used to expand enrollment by substantially increasing the number of available seats at a school, or by opening new charter school campuses.</p> <p>The CMO grantees include Ascend Learning, Inc.; Brooke Charter Schools; Eagle Academy Public Charter School; East Harlem Tutorial Program; Environmental Charter Schools; Family Life Academy Charter Schools, Inc.; Fortune School of Education; Freedom and Democracy Schools Foundation, Inc.; Freedom Preparatory Academy, Inc.; Great Oaks Foundation, Inc.; Hiawatha Academies; IDEA Public Schools; New Paradigm for Education, Inc.; Rocketship Education; Success Academy Charter Schools, Inc.; University Prep Inc.; and Voices College-Bound Language Academies.</p> <p><a href="https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/credit-enhancement-for-charter-school-facilities-program/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"><strong>CSP Grants for Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Program </strong></a></p> <p>This program provides grants to eligible entities to enhance the credit of charter schools. Charter schools generally lack equitable access to taxpayer funded facilities and have limited access to funding streams available to school districts. These CSP awards support charter schools in accessing private-sector and other non-Federal capital in order to acquire other funds that may be used to construct, and renovate facilities at a reasonable cost. We urge Congress and the Administration to address this issue in their tax and infrastructure legislation.</p> <p><strong>About Public Charter Schools</strong><br /> Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.</p> <p><strong>About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong><br /> The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit <a href="http://info.publiccharters.org/e1t/c/*W7CKcqn79bp0-W5CfFYF6G1HwL0/*W3hlj326VvY7tVHlbpQ3qjLzB0/5/f18dQhb0S5ft8XJ8yvW7rrfyB6ghkRDVWs4R057Y-gFW5r8vy28yym7NW5yMlsd1qMdD0W1rMdJ85tfJPyW8DrM3Q81gM8-N7d-tJnQJ99nN8tsYfGggqZjW6gprzF8W2c9WW32CQ2l8jxMNSW1VwV0k3HbcNkW1SdKWJ32j3_JW1DqqT31BqcjBW6tFWwt7zLV65W2NnQ5K4bQW_qW6c41L61zZhWSW1F7hMn8QrF2LW1vtSyS6JshZyW7sRykG8XQnbYN1NhsDDp1XBwW2Kqz2_7lcbv6VpCPDB8Vp4Y7W2MBwKj1YXN7ZW47yzq77m7Tn0N4fhNQFvdXVLW4mpyJR4-qyM-W206vn556Cx_rW4frZjc2F-PrSW1VcqcW50JM13W2Pz0Cn24KyPmW7SPnSm4M1133W4H_8kr2NhQkrW1M7jM07GTWFhW76W1Qj1wlbN3W5cx9vc44lrc1W8Lpypx4LnTMLW2hNCf_9kjxvSW8n96cP2kyKnMW5V9WFR3f5_rbVFHJQ32bpbHM0" rel="noopener" target="_blank">www.publiccharters.org</a><a href="http://info.publiccharters.org/e1t/c/*W7CKcqn79bp0-W5CfFYF6G1HwL0/*W7zj0XQ4LKLskV_V1JX2Btj6J0/5/f18dQhb0S1Wb2RhFmhV11YK52FBmfrW2HtRN67FrV6JW6pfhC83RQYP6VPh9HL1VSt0FW2CyMQ729f0Q5W8b4QQ22BdpB5M6PT3cgNJ81W5LHS8z1rDvMzW5P2MMY16CT5jW4NdHSG7Fh04jVS8YPR89pwW5W20Hj643l3Wk6VHyZql73qPMYV-sTZ75ZYMlJW7xK2d86Tn0CrW72NBXg54JxJ3N7FCxZvpKJ3lW6bTN8f8l-MX0W8tcWVF284pGcW4DD76H3-FRfxN1K_T4BNtqjNW51C0C94W0c0dW34gz_36Ddx8kW6k0C1464FKxfVMKvJB4F2ZD9W4hZ2pV3Fyw98W60d1CS5bl2hRW8q89Md53-bHQW1xLJgM4CVDz7N8kMy5DH-FcHW7pGCX53m6pWMW5JJ7yN3QV-JjW7Pw-xX5yv1q-W3fnqsn6zLpXdN2QhjDyg5C8kW1mtvn792-vWcW2L6XGl6Kth40W66FgXT2VcDykW5rLbQ46CjSLvW4lBmxH1n3WRjW8WbN9b6Txtg9W9hFrCL817RgfW181BJF9fcJbqW5cH_nB6KW6W3W8s68HW4CzLRPN996HFBYNn32W2dSmx24NftKqW5BFjcz5KFpfF111">.</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/every-student-succeeds-act" hreflang="en">Every Student Succeeds Act</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charter-schools-program" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/us-department-education" hreflang="en">U.S. Department of Education</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:48:12 +0000 Anonymous 340 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Statement on CREDO School Closure Report https://www.publiccharters.org/press/national-alliance-statement-credo-school-closure-report <span>National Alliance Statement on CREDO School Closure Report</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:03</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2017-08-24T12:00:00Z">August 24, 2017</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Washington, D.C. - </strong>National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees today released the following statement in response to Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) report on school closures across public district and public charter schools:</p> <p>"Closing a public school is not a decision to be made lightly. Its an incomplete turnaround strategy if not coupled with an expansion of quality public school options. As CREDO's new study of closures reveals, students can experience a mixed bag of outcomes when their school closes with some students able to access a better school and others stuck in a system without a better alternative.</p> <p>"When a school has been consistently failing at its #1 job--educating students--it should close, period. For any child stuck in a failing school, each day is an injustice.</p> <p>"In many cases, charter schools have provided the quality option when a neighborhood school has closed. In some cases, low-performing charter schools have needed to close, and the relative speed with which charters can be closed minimizes the damage a failing school can do.</p> <p>"Just as closing a school is difficult but sometimes necessary, so, too, is expanding quality public school options creating new schools and growing schools that are working. Again and again, public schools charter and district have shown that better is possible, when naysayers said it wasn't. Those are the schools we should all be looking to as models.</p> <p>"Charter schools have an important role to play in growing access to great public schools, alongside district and magnet schools. Every family deserves multiple high-quality options to choose from within their community so that if a school does close, it does not also close the door on a students opportunities.</p> <p>"Given what the study describes as widespread failure of school improvement strategies over the last fifteen years, this study provides further evidence that more of the same wont produce better results. Students in chronically low performing schools may be better served if states close their failing schools, while at the same time investing in opening new and expanding high quality charter schools with their school improvement funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act."</p> <p><strong>About Public Charter Schools</strong><br /> Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.</p> <p><strong>About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong><br /> The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit <a href="http://info.publiccharters.org/e1t/c/*W7CKcqn79bp0-W5CfFYF6G1HwL0/*W3hlj326VvY7tVHlbpQ3qjLzB0/5/f18dQhb0S5ft8XJ8yvW7rrfyB6ghkRDVWs4R057Y-gFW5r8vy28yym7NW5yMlsd1qMdD0W1rMdJ85tfJPyW8DrM3Q81gM8-N7d-tJnQJ99nN8tsYfGggqZjW6gprzF8W2c9WW32CQ2l8jxMNSW1VwV0k3HbcNkW1SdKWJ32j3_JW1DqqT31BqcjBW6tFWwt7zLV65W2NnQ5K4bQW_qW6c41L61zZhWSW1F7hMn8QrF2LW1vtSyS6JshZyW7sRykG8XQnbYN1NhsDDp1XBwW2Kqz2_7lcbv6VpCPDB8Vp4Y7W2MBwKj1YXN7ZW47yzq77m7Tn0N4fhNQFvdXVLW4mpyJR4-qyM-W206vn556Cx_rW4frZjc2F-PrSW1VcqcW50JM13W2Pz0Cn24KyPmW7SPnSm4M1133W4H_8kr2NhQkrW1M7jM07GTWFhW76W1Qj1wlbN3W5cx9vc44lrc1W8Lpypx4LnTMLW2hNCf_9kjxvSW8n96cP2kyKnMW5V9WFR3f5_rbVFHJQ32bpbHM0" rel="noopener" target="_blank">www.publiccharters.org</a><a href="http://info.publiccharters.org/e1t/c/*W7CKcqn79bp0-W5CfFYF6G1HwL0/*W7zj0XQ4LKLskV_V1JX2Btj6J0/5/f18dQhb0S1Wb2RhFmhV11YK52FBmfrW2HtRN67FrV6JW6pfhC83RQYP6VPh9HL1VSt0FW2CyMQ729f0Q5W8b4QQ22BdpB5M6PT3cgNJ81W5LHS8z1rDvMzW5P2MMY16CT5jW4NdHSG7Fh04jVS8YPR89pwW5W20Hj643l3Wk6VHyZql73qPMYV-sTZ75ZYMlJW7xK2d86Tn0CrW72NBXg54JxJ3N7FCxZvpKJ3lW6bTN8f8l-MX0W8tcWVF284pGcW4DD76H3-FRfxN1K_T4BNtqjNW51C0C94W0c0dW34gz_36Ddx8kW6k0C1464FKxfVMKvJB4F2ZD9W4hZ2pV3Fyw98W60d1CS5bl2hRW8q89Md53-bHQW1xLJgM4CVDz7N8kMy5DH-FcHW7pGCX53m6pWMW5JJ7yN3QV-JjW7Pw-xX5yv1q-W3fnqsn6zLpXdN2QhjDyg5C8kW1mtvn792-vWcW2L6XGl6Kth40W66FgXT2VcDykW5rLbQ46CjSLvW4lBmxH1n3WRjW8WbN9b6Txtg9W9hFrCL817RgfW181BJF9fcJbqW5cH_nB6KW6W3W8s68HW4CzLRPN996HFBYNn32W2dSmx24NftKqW5BFjcz5KFpfF111">.</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/credo" hreflang="en">CREDO</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-closures" hreflang="en">school closures</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/research" hreflang="en">research</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/every-student-succeeds-act" hreflang="en">Every Student Succeeds Act</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:03:53 +0000 Anonymous 333 at https://www.publiccharters.org English Learners and ESSA: Implications for States and Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/publications/english-learners-essa-implications-states-charter-schools <span>English Learners and ESSA: Implications for States and Charter Schools</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/09/2017 - 09:22</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2017-11/MERG%206%20PUB%20GRAPHIC%20COLORS-15.png?itok=YoLmhuMh" width="480" height="272" alt="English Learners and ESSA" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span>The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) maintains key provisions from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) but also makes significant changes. The National Alliance and the <a href="http://www.nclr.org/" target="_blank">National Council of La Raza</a> have produced a new brief to ensure that state charter public school leaders and charter school operators have key facts about the law and proposed regulations that will affect the implementation of requirements that specifically apply to English learners.</span></p> <p><strong><a href="/sites/default/files/migrated/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ESSA_Report_V4.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download the brief</a></strong>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-document field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-document view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-file field--type-file field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="pub-file-download"> <a class="btn btn-red" href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/migrated/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ESSA_Report_V4.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-download"></i>Download Document</a> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Date</div> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2017-03-09T12:00:00Z">03/09/2017</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">National Alliance</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/333" hreflang="en">National Council of La Raza</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Type</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/179" hreflang="en">Issue Brief</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/english-learners" hreflang="en">English learners</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/every-student-succeeds-act" hreflang="en">Every Student Succeeds Act</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:22:48 +0000 Anonymous 829 at https://www.publiccharters.org Charter Accountability For District-Run Schools: Using ESSA to Create Contract-Based Accountability for Urban Public Education https://www.publiccharters.org/publications/charter-accountability-district-run-schools-essa-create-contract-based-accountability-urban-public-education <span>Charter Accountability For District-Run Schools: Using ESSA to Create Contract-Based Accountability for Urban Public Education</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/13/2016 - 15:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2017-11/Charter%20Accountability%20For%20District-Run%20Schools.png?itok=LqTf4AVJ" width="480" height="272" alt="district-run " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), gives states the opportunity to rethink their K-12 accountability systems. Gone are No Child Left Behind's (NCLB) tight rules for assessing and intervening in schools and districts. This couldn't come at a better time for urban schooling. Urban districts operate in a very different context than they did when accountability systems emerged about two decades ago when the district was the monopoly provider of public education in most cities. Today, the district is simply one of many operators. In some cities, like New Orleans, Detroit, and Washington, D.C., the district is operating, or could soon operate, fewer than half of the public schools. ESSA's flexibility and this new reality enables state leaders to explore how they might apply charter-style accountability to district-run schools.</p> <p>This report explores how states can create a new approach to accountability for urban school districts that builds on the lessons learned in the charter school movement over the past quarter century. Specifically, in cities with large, growing, and high-performing charter school sectors, this report explores how states could apply charter-style accountability to district-run schools. This isn't a portfolio system as we know them today: each of the city's public schools (charter and district-run) would have a performance contract with an independent, non-district authorizer. This would allow state leaders to give district-run schools charter-like autonomy and create a single citywide accountability system. The city's new K-12 landscape would be defined by a wide array of co-equal school operators and a diversity of schools held accountable through a single rigorous and publicly transparent process.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-document field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-document view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-file field--type-file field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="pub-file-download"> <a class="btn btn-red" href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/migrated/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ESSA_Report_FINAL_10132016.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-download"></i>Download Document</a> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Date</div> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2016-10-13T12:00:00Z">10/13/2016</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/74" hreflang="en">Andy Smarick</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Type</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/75" hreflang="en">Report</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/authorizing" hreflang="en">authorizing</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/every-student-succeeds-act" hreflang="en">Every Student Succeeds Act</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:24:03 +0000 Anonymous 823 at https://www.publiccharters.org Charter Schools One Step Closer to Big Win with Senate Passage of ESSA https://www.publiccharters.org/press/charter-schools-step-closer-big-win-senate-passage-essa <span>Charter Schools One Step Closer to Big Win with Senate Passage of ESSA</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Wed, 12/09/2015 - 11:29</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2015-12-09T12:00:00Z">December 9, 2015</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> As the U.S. Senate passed the <em>Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015</em> (ESSA) today with overwhelming bipartisan support, charter school advocates are one step closer to a big victory in achieving their slate of <a href="/sites/default/files/migrated/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ESEAPolicyPriorities-v2.pdf">priorities</a><span>,</span> including critical updates to the federal Charter Schools Program. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law as early as this week.</p> <p>"This is an exciting moment for the charter school movement," said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. "The National Alliance worked side-by-side with members of Congress and their staff to improve this law on behalf of students, educators and charter schools. We are extremely grateful to the members on both sides of the aisle who recognize that public education is strengthened by supporting the growth of high-quality charter public schools nationwide."</p> <p>Specifically, changes to the Charter School Program (CSP) include the following:</p> <ul> <li>The CSP now includes dedicated funding for the replication and expansion of high-performing charter schools. In addition, state grants can also be used for the same purpose.</li> <li>The state grant program can now be administered by governors and charter support organizations in addition to state educational agencies.</li> <li>The state grant program prioritizes funding to states that provide equitable resources to charter schools and that assist charters in accessing facilities.</li> <li>The state grant program provides schools with additional spending flexibility for startup funds. For example, they will be allowed to use CSP funds to purchase a school bus and make minor facility improvements.</li> <li>The state grant program includes new protections to ensure funds go to charter schools with autonomy and flexibility consistent with the definition of a charter school.</li> <li>Charter school representatives must be included in Title I negotiated rulemaking and must be included, like other stakeholders at the state and local level, in the implementation of many federal programs.</li> <li>CSP recipients will have more flexibility to use a weighted lottery to increase access to charter schools for disadvantaged students. CSP grantees will also be permitted to use feeder patterns to prioritize students that attended earlier grades in the same network of charter schools.</li> </ul> <p>Other provisions that affect charter schools include:</p> <ul> <li>New and expanding charter schools are required to receive timely allocations of Title I allocations and to be held harmless in the same manner as other eligible Title I traditional public schools.</li> <li>The highly qualified teacher requirement has been repealed. Charters are free to design personnel systems and hire staff that meet the unique needs of their school.</li> <li>States are required to administer annual reading and math assessments in reading and math in grades 3-8, and once in high school. Science assessments are required once in each grade span: 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12.</li> <li>States must hold all public schools accountable for improving student achievement of all students, as well as all subgroups of students.</li> <li>Schools are also accountable for adjusted four year and extended cohort graduation rates.</li> <li>LEAs have flexibility to use Title I funds for school improvement to increase the number of high-quality charter schools serving students attending failing schools.</li> <li>New provisions to demonstrate compliance with the supplement not supplant requirement include additional flexibility in aligning federal program funds with their educational programs.</li> </ul> <p>Theres no question that overhauling the No Child Left Behind Act was long overdue. We look forward to working with the U.S. Department of Education and the broader charter school community to achieve its successful implementation, added Rees.</p> <p><strong>About Charter Schools</strong><br /> Charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.<br /> <br /> <strong>About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong><br /> The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter movement. For more information, please visit www.publiccharters.org.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/every-student-succeeds-act" hreflang="en">Every Student Succeeds Act</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charter-schools-program" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/congress" hreflang="en">Congress</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:29:52 +0000 Anonymous 226 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Releases Statement on House Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act https://www.publiccharters.org/press/national-alliance-releases-statement-house-passage-student-succeeds-act <span>National Alliance Releases Statement on House Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act</span> <h4 class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field--item">Nina Rees released a statement today as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.</h4> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Wed, 12/02/2015 - 20:17</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2015-12-02T12:00:00Z">December 2, 2015</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released a statement today as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the <em>Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015</em>, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.</p> <p>"The National Alliance applauds the overwhelming bipartisan vote in support of the <em>Every Student Succeeds Act.</em> We commend Chairman Kline and Ranking Member Scott for their strong leadership in steering this bill through conference.</p> <p>"This vote brings us one step closer to an improved law, and we encourage the Senate to pass this important legislation and send to President Obama for his signature."</p> <p><span><strong>About Charter Schools</strong></span><br /> <span>Charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.</span><br /> <br /> <span><strong>About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong></span><br /> <span>The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter movement. For more information, please visit www.publiccharters.org.</span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/every-student-succeeds-act" hreflang="en">Every Student Succeeds Act</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/congress" hreflang="en">Congress</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/president-barack-obama" hreflang="en">President Barack Obama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 03 Dec 2015 01:17:02 +0000 Anonymous 225 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Expresses Strong Support for Every Student Succeeds Act https://www.publiccharters.org/press/nationalalliancestrongsupportessa <span>National Alliance Expresses Strong Support for Every Student Succeeds Act</span> <h4 class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field--item">The National Alliance expressed strong support for the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.</h4> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/01/2015 - 17:09</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2015-12-01T12:00:00Z">December 1, 2015</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees expressed her strong support for the <em>Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015</em> in a <a data-hs-link-id="0" href="http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/560116/NAPCS_-_ESSA_Floor_Letter_12-1-15_FINAL.pdf?t=1449006394930">letter</a> today as Congress approaches final action on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).</p> <p>The letter, written to Chairman Kline, Ranking Member Scott, Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray, thanked the lawmakers for their leadership and bipartisan efforts to update and modernize the Charter Schools Program and ESEA.</p> <p>"The charter public school movement has undergone tremendous change and experienced significant growth since Congress passed the <em>No Child Left Behind Act</em> <em>of 2001</em>, and the Charter Schools Program was ready for an update," said Rees. "The new law will strengthen public education by supporting the growth of high-quality charter public schools and increasing educational opportunities for all students."</p> <p>"We encourage the House and Senate to pass this important legislation and send to President Obama for his signature. We look forward to working with the U.S. Department of Education on the successful implementation of this law," said Rees.</p> <p><strong>About Charter Schools</strong><br /> Charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.</p> <p><strong>About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong><br /> The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter movement. For more information, please visit www.publiccharters.org.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/congress" hreflang="en">Congress</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/every-student-succeeds-act" hreflang="en">Every Student Succeeds Act</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 22:09:53 +0000 Anonymous 223 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Applauds Senate Passage of S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act https://www.publiccharters.org/press/national-alliance-applauds-senate-passage-s-1177-child-achieves-act <span>National Alliance Applauds Senate Passage of S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/16/2015 - 13:29</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/statement" hreflang="en">Statement</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2015-07-16T12:00:00Z">July 16, 2015</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Washington, D.C. -</strong> Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement after the passage of S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).</p> <p>"The National Alliance applauds the Senate for passing the Every Child Achieves Act with a strong bipartisan vote. In particular, we congratulate Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for shepherding a bipartisan bill through the Senate process for final passage.</p> <p>"S. 1177 makes significant improvements to the Charter Schools Program (CSP), including broadening the range of entities eligible to receive state grants, adding more flexibility in the use of funds, creating a dedicated funding source for the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools, and improving current language on the use of lotteries for student enrollment. These provisions will support the opening of new high-quality public charter schools to serve the growing number of students on charter school wait lists.</p> <p>"In addition to the strong charter school provisions in the base bill, we are grateful to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for his amendment to ensure that Title I funds can be used to support the replication and expansion of high-performing public schools, including charter schools. In addition, we appreciate the efforts of Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) for their amendment to ensure that charter school representatives are formally included as states and school districts develop their Title I plans. Because the majority of students attending public charter schools qualify for free and reduced priced lunch, it is appropriate that charter school leaders are consulted in the use of Title I funds.</p> <p>"We also appreciate the efforts of Senators Murphy (D-CT), Booker (D-NJ), Coons (D-DE), Warren (D-MA), Durbin (D-IL), Mikulski (D-MD) and Feinstein (D-CA) to require states to identify and improve the lowest performing schools. We also support their call to create goals for the academic progress of students in key subgroups. However, we believe that the reauthorization of ESEA must continue to focus on clear indicators of academic achievement and provide students in the lowest performing schools with access to seats in high-quality schools, including charter schools. We hope that House and Senate conferees will improve these provisions as the bill moves to conference so that parents are empowered with school performance data to make informed decisions, and that the most disadvantaged students have access to higher quality schools.</p> <p>"We believe this legislation provides a strong foundation for moving forward with ESEA reauthorization and hope to see a bipartisan bill on President Obama's desk in the coming months."</p> <p><strong>About Public Charter Schools </strong><br /> Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.</p> <p><strong>About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools </strong><br /> The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit www.publiccharters.org.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charter-schools-program" hreflang="en">Charter Schools Program</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/congress" hreflang="en">Congress</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/every-student-succeeds-act" hreflang="en">Every Student Succeeds Act</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:29:14 +0000 Anonymous 193 at https://www.publiccharters.org State Laws on Weighted Lotteries and Enrollment Practices https://www.publiccharters.org/publications/weighted-lotteries-paper <span>State Laws on Weighted Lotteries and Enrollment Practices</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2017-11/State%20Laws%20on%20Weighted%20Lotteries%20and%20Enrollment%20Practices.png?itok=W3KpmKDU" width="480" height="272" alt="weighted " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued updated guidance that expanded the circumstances under which charter schools receiving Charter Schools Program (CSP) funds may elect to use a weighted lottery in admissions. According to the guidance, charter schools receiving CSP funds may now use weighted lotteries to give slightly better chances for admission to all or a subset of educationally disadvantaged students if state law permits the use of such weighted lotteries.</p> <p>The requirement that state law specifically permit the use of weighted lotteries as made clear in the analysis in this report is particularly limiting. Few states have language that clearly permits weighted lotteries for charter schools. The National Alliance is concerned that without individual state legislative or regulatory action, the guidance will likely yield few waivers.</p> <p>As Congress considers reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the National Alliance has recommended changes to law to ensure that weighted lotteries are permitted unless state law specifically prohibits the practice. This legislative proposal would make it significantly easier for schools to take advantage of weighted lotteries as a means to serve more educationally disadvantaged students. ESEA legislation in the House and Senate includes the National Alliance recommendations.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-document field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-document view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-file field--type-file field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="pub-file-download"> <a class="btn btn-red" href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/migrated/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/NPC035_WeightedLotteries_Digital_rev.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-download"></i>Download Document</a> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Date</div> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2015-07-01T12:00:00Z">07/01/2015</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/353" hreflang="en">Lauren Baum</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Type</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/75" hreflang="en">Report</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/every-student-succeeds-act" hreflang="en">Every Student Succeeds Act</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/state-policy" hreflang="en">state policy</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:00:18 +0000 Anonymous 794 at https://www.publiccharters.org Issues in the Allocation of ESEA Title I Funds to Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/publications/title1-funds-charter-schools <span>Issues in the Allocation of ESEA Title I Funds to Charter Schools</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/23/2015 - 17:27</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2017-11/MERG%205%20PUB%20GRAPHIC%20COLORS-118.png?itok=Ua1z-ups" width="480" height="272" alt="Issues in the Allocation of ESEA Title I Funds to Charter Schools" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The focus of this paper is on the formulas used to allocate Title I funds to charter schools that are treated under state law as separate LEAs. It begins with a brief overview of the formulas used to allocate Title I funds to states and to traditional, geographically-based LEAs (hereafter referred to simply as traditional LEAs). This is followed by a discussion of the current policies for adjusting those LEA allocations to provide funds for eligible charter schools treated as separate LEAs under state laws, or charter school LEAs. The paper concludes with a discussion of a possible alternative policy for allocating Title I funds to charter school LEAs and a discussion of potential effects.</span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-document field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-document view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-file field--type-file field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="pub-file-download"> <a class="btn btn-red" href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/migrated/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/title1_web.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-download"></i>Download Document</a> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Date</div> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2015-04-23T12:00:00Z">04/23/2015</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/70" hreflang="en">Wayne Riddle</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Type</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/76" hreflang="en">White Paper</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/every-student-succeeds-act" hreflang="en">Every Student Succeeds Act</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:27:01 +0000 Anonymous 785 at https://www.publiccharters.org