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2011 Test Score Analysis

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Charter Center is committed to a sector built upon accountability and results for kids. Accordingly, we have conducted an analysis of New York City charter school state test scores that will allow the public to better understand the performance of individual schools and the sector overall.

Conversation, Not Litigation

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Over at the StudentsFirst blog today, I offer my take on where things stand after the recent ruling in the co-location lawsuit filed by the UFT and NAACP:

The question is where do we go from here? School leaders and teachers are focusing on opening their doors in a month's time. But the UFT and NAACP have vowed to continue their court battle.

Thoughts from the National Charter Schools Conference

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I attended a session this morning at the National Charter Schools Conference on whether the charter movement can follow through on its accountability promise of closing low-performing charter schools. It's a critical topic for reasons too obvious to lay out here.

Fact is that too many states (though generally not New York) haven't been closing low-performing charter schools, and it isn't because we are wringing our hands about interfering with parent choice.

The Case of the Missing 20 Yards

Friday, June 17, 2011

In today’s NYT, we read about the mystery of the missing 20 yards from Lehman High School’s football fieldówhich will somehow still be missing even after a nearly $4 million remodel. Where are those missing yards? If you listen to the bureaucrats at the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority, you would be led to believe that the US Army Corps of Engineers owns the land and won’t give it up.

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