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Leadership in Albany

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kudos to the John Sampson and the NY State Senator for approving a solid charter schools bill by a vote of 45-15. It's an important step forward.

Charter school advocates are looking forward to working with Speaker Silver and the Assembly in the days and weeks ahead, to help charter schools serve more students with transparency and accountability ñ and help win $700 million for all New York public schools.

James Merriman on Perkins Hearing

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"As I sat through the hearing waiting to testify, I found myself in an odd position. I've always been a firm believer in oversight, regulation, transparency, and accountability for charter schools. As a charter school authorizer for seven years, I built a regulatory regimen that has been praised nationwide.

Duncan: Listen to Parents

Monday, April 26, 2010

"When parents recognize which schools are failing to educate their children, they will demand more effective options for their kids. They won't care whether they are charters, non-charters or some other model. As President Barack Obama has called for, states should eliminate restrictions that limit the growth of excellent charter schools, move forward in improving or restructuring chronically failing schools, and hold all schools accountable for results."

New White Paper: How NY Lost RTTT Round 1, and How to Win Round 2

Thursday, April 8, 2010

It’s all fun and games until someone loses $700 million.

With only one round remaining in the Race to the Top, it’s time for cash-starved New York to bear down and win this thing. That means understanding the rules of the game and learning from experience ñ why did we lose Round 1? And what will victory require in Round 2?

In the latest white paper from the Charter Center, I offer some answers to these questions based on the RTTT reviewers’ actual scores and comments on New York’s application.

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