Lobby Day: Charter Schools Rally in Albany

Today's the day! Over 3,000 charter school parents, students, teachers, and supporters are on their way to Albany to send lawmakers a loud and clear message: charter schools are public schools and deserve nothing less than fair treatment! Watch this space for updates.

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Defending the Indefensible

In politics, your friends can make you look bad. If they stake out an absurd position that you aren’t in a position to contradict, there’s nothing to do but grin and forge ahead.That’s exactly what just happened to NY Ed Commissioner David Steiner, one of the most forward-thinking education leaders…

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At the Movies

Via GothamSchools, news of two new documentaries about American education reform, both featuring NYC charter schools. Coming in May, Madeleine Sackler’s"The Lottery" follows four families from Harlem and the Bronx in the months leading up to the random admissions lottery at Harlem Success Academy. Here’s the preview: Davis Guggenheim's "Waiting…

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Wake-up call

For charter schools across New York State, today’s news out of Albany was disappointing. It could have been much, much worse. In a fitting finale to months of procrastination and confusion, state lawmakers†failed to pass any charter school legislation to†raise the charter cap†and help win the Race to the Top.…

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The Potemkin Village Cap Lift: What Would the Reviewers Say?

It’s interesting to me that you have folks out there that don’t quite believe that we’re going to keep a high barÖ. It’s going to be a very, very high bar. People won’t believe it until we do it.--Secretary Arne Duncan discussing the Race to the Top”Don’t quite believe” is…

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New York charter law ranks #2 for quality control

Our friends at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools have a new report out that ranks that states’ charter schools law. New York comes in at #8 out of 40.The report mentions two problems: no money for school facilities, and a restrictive cap on the number of charter schools.…

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Name This Blog

Welcome to the New York City Charter School Center’s blog, part of a shiny new web site aimed at helping anyone interested in charter schools learn, meet, act, and even lead. We’re excited about the new site, and just as excited about adding our voice to the edu-blogosphere. We need…

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Race to the Top: Is stopping one charter school worth $3.5 million?

Let’s say you’re a state lawmaker. And let’s say you simply despise charter schools.†† (It’s a stretch, I know, especially given charter schools’ proven success with disadvantaged kids and all the pent-up demand from parents. But just suppose.)How much would you have to dislike charter schools to ignore the Race…

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