Advocacy Day 2013 – Many Stories, One Vision

This Tuesday, more than 1,200 parents, students, school staff and elected officials came together in Albany at the ninth annual Charter School Advocacy Day. Embodying the day's theme of "Many Stories, One Vision," participants shared their diverse experiences and called on lawmakers to help charter schools continue their support for…

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Michael Mulgrew’s One Percent

On Tuesday over 1200 charter school supporters came to Albany to meet with lawmakers and tell our stories. We also carried a simple message: charter schools should be eligible to compete for the full-day pre-kindergarten funding that Governor Cuomo has proposed. You would think that supporters of early childhood education…

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Charters Call for Real Leadership on Co-Location

Prior to yesterday's mayoral debate on education, leaders representing 47 charter schools and three support organizations issued the following statement: STATEMENT ON PUBLIC SCHOOL CO-LOCATION AND THE MAYORAL ELECTION As the mayoral candidates gather to discuss education policy, we call on Bill de Blasio, William Thompson, and John Liu to…

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Charters Should Be Free to Innovate, Even in Teacher Evaluation

The Charter Center is on the record in opposition to the State Education Department's (SED) assertion that charter schools are required to submit data about teacher evaluations according to the state's categories, whether or not that makes sense given the charter school's evaluation practices. (GothamSchools covered the disagreement last month.)…

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New Paper: Four Simple Ways to Improve NYC School Data

A flood of data is re-shaping American public education, nowhere more than in New York City. Yet there are still key topics in NYC education debates where the critical data are not publicly available, or do not exist at all. It's possible for city and state agencies to address these…

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Remembering Frank Macchiarola

In a guest post for Democrats for Education Reform, James Merriman remembers the man known by many as The Chancellor. "Frank fought hard for schools to be organized in ways that worked for children. But as he fought, he never lost his direction or way, never let his anger get…

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More Progress Reports: 4 A’s, 3 B’s, 1 C and 1 D for Charter High Schools

Yesterday, the NYC Department of Education released its 2011-12 progress reports for high schools. (See our breakdown of the K-8 progress reports.) The reports assign a letter grade to each school, based on student test scores, student progress, attendance, and "learning environment" survey results, all heavily weighted to account for…

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Two Million and Counting

That's how many students have enrolled in public charter schools nationwide, according to a new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. In 41 states and the District of Columbia, parents and educators have come together, voluntarily, seeking a high-quality public education. After last week's elections, more families…

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Progress Reports: The Numbers Behind the Grades

In Monday's New York Post, James Merriman highlights several additional findings from the 2011-12 New York City Progress Reports, based on the full data set now available on the NYC DOE website. (Our initial analysis of the top-level letter grades can be found here.) The full data set provides numerical…

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Progress Reports: High Marks for Charter Schools

Today, the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) released its 2011-12 Progress Reports for public schools serving grades K-8, including charter schools. Overall, charter schools' grades are improved from the previous year. Close to half (46%) of all charter schools received an A grade, compared to 25% of public schools…

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