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Monday, January 31, 2011

A new item on the UFT’s web site overlays maps of school closures and charter school openings, showing how they both are concentrated in the South Bronx, Harlem, and central Brooklyn. “This may be a coincidence,” the union intones, “but it certainly doesn’t look like one.”

State Education Department Receives a Record Number of Intent to Apply Requests for New Charter Schools

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Last week the State Education Department (SED) received a record 91 Letters of Intent for new proposed charter schools. Seventy applicant groups intend to establish charter schools in the five boroughs of New York City. Twenty-one applicants are from outside New York City and include groups seeking to start schools in Binghamton, Brentwood, Copiague, Hornell, Jamestown, Nassau County, Niagara Falls, Poughkeepsie, Rotterdam-Mohonasen, Utica, Westbury, Yonkers, East Ramapo, Buffalo, and Rochester.

Trick or Treat? Watch Out for RTTT Straw Men

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Charter schools are thinking hard about whether to accept Race to the Top grants, wondering whether the requirements for teacher evaluation will represent a slide back to bureaucratic micromanagement. Advocates like Tom Carroll are right to ask this question. Charter schools have learned the hard way about the importance of protecting their operational autonomy, and at the Charter Center we’ve backed them at every turn.

Race to the Top Deadline

Monday, October 18, 2010

Today is the deadline for charter schools to decide if they’re going to participate in the Race to the Top program. While participating has implications for charter school autonomy, as pointed out by several pro-charter organizations over the past few days, there are three reasons we think schools should sign on, as I detailed in a letter to the City’s charter leaders this morning.

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