School Choice Structure is Key to Success

James Merriman How can we improve school choice in New York City? The Education Funders Research Initiative asked a range of experts, and Charter Center CEO James Merriman shared his thoughts. They're reproduced below with permission. New York City has a rich history of school choice, and the expansion of…

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Hiding the Bill for Teacher Pensions

Michael Regnier The debate about charter school funding was split wide open last week when a new study found that charter schools receive much less public support per pupil, when accounting for the full value of retirement promises to district school teachers. The valuation matters because the City is not…

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NYC Council Education Committee Hearing

The New York City Council Education Committee held a hearing October 2, to consider three important resolutions, Res. 1263-2012, Res. 1395-2012 and Res. 1906-2012, regarding school utilization. The resolutions call for a moratorium on school closings and co-locations for a period of at least a year, require CEC approval for…

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Mainstream Appeal

Michael Regnier A rigorous new study of charter elementary schools has a startling implication: mainstream general education classrooms at NYC charter schools contain many students who, statistically, would have been assigned to special education had they attended district schools. Charter school educators have been saying this for years, and the…

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Scores and Rumors of Scores

Michael Regnier “It ain't what people don't know that hurts them. It's what they know that ain't so.” Whoever said that didn’t know the charter school debate.* Especially after the release of state test scores, we actually have both problems. Consider the sticky issue of student enrollment patterns. In order…

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NYC Charter Schools Among Bright Spots as State Sets New Baseline

UPDATE: We posted our in-depth analysis of charter school test scores. View it here. The 2012-13 school year marked a new era for public education in New York State, as teachers and students directed their work according to the Common Core State Standards. The test scores released today provide schools…

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When School Progress Reports Penalize Success

Danny Hayman Nerd Alert: I’m the Charter Center’s Policy Data Analyst, and this post will assume some familiarity with New York City’s system of school Progress Reports. The official DOE documentation is here. In an excellent new report commissioned by New Visions for Public Schools, Sean P. Corcoran and Grace…

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A Community Eager to Learn

Even with a mix of snow and rain in the forecast, nearly 600 parents came out for the first-ever Brooklyn Charter School Fair on Saturday, March 16. The Charter Center put this fair together to give parents the opportunity to speak directly with charter school representatives and learn about their…

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Open Line Podcast on Upcoming Brooklyn Charter School Fair

On March 10, James Merriman, CEO of the Charter Center; Karen Jones, Principal of Bed-Stuy New Beginnings; and Karina Infante, high school student from Williamsburg Charter High School sat down with Open Line hosts Bob Slade, Bob Pickett and James Mtume to discuss the first-ever Brooklyn Charter School Fair on…

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Creating Strong School Culture Takes Perseverance

Our team had the pleasure of visiting with our friends at New Dawn Charter School in Brooklyn. New Dawn is one of several "transfer-like" charter schools (for a long time there was really only one, Wildcat Academy—but we now have five others). Running a transfer high school is hard. Starting…

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