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December 14, 2017
A new Memphis nonprofit sees training teachers in dyslexia therapy as key to closing literacy gap for all
Michelle Gaines and Krista L. Johnson founded ALLMemphis, a nonprofit, in June to boost overall reading comprehension and fill a gap they see in local classrooms.
Bridging the divide
September 28, 2017
Even as political battles persist, more district and charter schools join partnership program
While political clashes between the de Blasio administration and the charter sector grab headlines, there's growing collaboration behind the scenes.
September 21, 2017
Private managers of public schools, charter leaders enjoy extra buffer from public-records laws
Moskowitz and officials at other charter school networks treated differently under FOIL law than those employed by government entities.
July 31, 2017
‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that charter leaders refuse to accept federal charter school money if Trump’s cuts to education went through.
July 7, 2017
KIPP Indy is working to stop kids from disappearing over the summer. It’s a challenge many schools face
Every summer, each teacher in KIPP Indy Public Schools gets a roster, about 20 student names long, to call before the start of the new…
June 27, 2017
A new study reveals which NYC charter school networks are outperforming their peers
The results are part of a broader study released this month that analyzed hundreds of charter schools and networks across 26 states to assess which types of charters are most effective in boosting student learning.
June 12, 2017
Who’s helping and who’s hurting? New national study looks at how charter networks measure up, from KIPP to K12
"Why are some networks with terrible average growth allowed to continue to operate multiple schools?” the report asks.
the gender gap
June 8, 2017
Girls outnumber boys in charter schools, study shows. Here’s why that matters.
As of the 2010–11, 50.7 percent of charter school students were girls, compared to 48.8 percent of students in traditional public schools — a small but notable gap.
On the Agenda
May 12, 2017
Four things to watch for at New Schools Venture Fund Summit, this week’s big education reform confab
Last year's conference sparked a heated debate about the role of race and politics in education reform.
The Fine Print
March 27, 2017
Why charter operators exiting Tennessee’s turnaround district can walk away
Even after signing contracts, two charter operators are preparing to exit three Memphis schools in the Achievement School District.
Achievement School District
February 28, 2017
The enrollment problems that plagued ASD schools in turmoil? They’re not unique.
A Chalkbeat analysis finds that half of the state-run district's 33 schools have faced deep enrollment challenges.
February 23, 2017
Hundreds of education leaders from charter schools, nonprofits denounce Trump’s travel ban
Education leaders are increasingly open to weighing in on political matters that they think connect to their mission.
February 13, 2017
It’s official. Achievement School District will close a second school in Memphis
Tennessee's school turnaround district won't seek a successor to operate KIPP Memphis University Middle School, an ASD official confirms.
books vs. food
February 9, 2017
Skipping meals to afford books: College students’ financial woes go beyond tuition payments, survey shows
More than forty percent of surveyed students missed meals so they could pay for books or other school expenses. About one-quarter of students are supporting families.
January 25, 2017
Tennessee already has one state-run school district. It’s about to get another.
The Tennessee State Board of Education is about to become one of only two state boards in the nation to double as a local school district.
January 19, 2017
UFT files labor complaint against KIPP charter school
"The UFT has never been involved in our school or raised any issues or concerns before now."
January 17, 2017
The ASD once said it could save these two Memphis schools. Why is its own operator now walking away?
New developments in the Achievement School District's efforts to turn around schools point to deeper challenges in improving Memphis schools.
Achievement School District
December 20, 2016
KIPP to pull out of school under Tennessee’s turnaround district
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools will exit its south Memphis middle school due to under-enrollment and its remote location.
Movers and shakers
December 6, 2016
Rebecca Holmes named president and CEO of Colorado Education Initiative
Holmes is a former associate state education commissioner.
November 1, 2016
KIPP charter network partners with MTSU to give under-represented students a shot at college
The national charter network forges one of its first partnerships with a Tennessee university as part of KIPP's focus on college prep.
October 21, 2016
First Person: What the shift to restorative justice looked like in my KIPP school
When a student defaced our school with angry graffiti, we asked him direct questions in more than a dozen conferences. "Soft"? We ask to be judged by results.
September 21, 2016
Terence Crutcher was a KIPP parent, and the charter school network urges action
“This is beyond a tragedy. It is an outrage,” KIPP CEO Richard Barth wrote.
September 12, 2016
How KIPP learned the truth about its students’ college completion and inspired others to do the same
Author and charter-school fan Richard Whitmire explains what happened at KIPP in an excerpt of his new book, "The Founders."
Let's be friends
September 8, 2016
After blistering charter critique, de Blasio visits KIPP middle school
“I think it’s really exciting the way you’re leading this classroom,” de Blasio said.
July 27, 2016
Detroit’s vicious cycle: Why national education groups aren’t coming to help some of the country’s most troubled schools
With some of the nation’s most devastated schools, Detroit is in desperate need of new ideas, new energy — and lots of money.
asking the voters
June 16, 2016
Denver school board approves $628 million bond and mill package, new charter schools
“There’s a lot of good things in this proposal for schools, especially the hottest schools,” said board member Rosemary Rodriguez.
up for approval
May 19, 2016
Meet the 9 schools vying to open or expand in Denver
The Denver school board is expected to vote Thursday night on the expansion of one school before turning its attention next month to eight other proposals.
May 9, 2016
Charter operators clamor for clearer rules after rapid school closure vote
The recent rush to close six more Memphis charter schools causes confusion for the sector, while also elevating pleas to establish clear criteria for such actions.
April 14, 2016
State Board of Education members tour Nashville KIPP schools in their new role as charter authorizer
Tennessee's State Board takes a step forward in its unprecedented relationship with a national charter network.
February 9, 2016
Memphis school scrambles to replace stolen laptops for new online state test, only to revert to paper tests
Leaders of KIPP Memphis University Middle School model flexibility for their students during a chaotic week that started with the theft of 23 laptop computers.
What's your education story?
December 23, 2015
One small but diverse school prepared him well for all that came after
Andrew Pillow is a fifth grade social studies teacher at KIPP Indianapolis, a charter school where he has taught since 2011.
December 3, 2015
An app to track behavior is one tool schools are using to promote fairer discipline
Two Teach Plus groups work to find strategies to reduce high discipline rates for black and Hispanic students.
November 10, 2015
Two KIPP Schools poised to be first run by State Board of Education
Two KIPP schools might be the first charters run by State Board of Education after the Metro Nashville school board passed on them a third time.
October 23, 2015
State Board of Education overrules Nashville district board on KIPP charter expansion
The State Board of Education approves an appeal from national charter operator KIPP to open two new schools in Nashville, overruling the local district board.
October 19, 2015
Public education advocacy group asks state board to vote down charter school appeals
A Nashville-based public education advocacy group urges the Tennessee Board of Education to reject appeals from charter organizations seeking to expand in Nashville.
September 30, 2015
State Board of Education rejects Omni’s appeal for Memphis expansion, considers Nashville appeals from Rocketship, KIPP
Omni Schools may not open a new high school in Memphis, while proposed expansions in Nashville by Rocketship and KIPP are still being reviewed.
clashes in the space wars
September 21, 2015
Charter leaders continue to battle de Blasio over space in public school buildings
At the heart of their criticism is the battle for limited space in city-owned buildings, which the de Blasio administration has been reluctant to offer to charters.
September 9, 2015
Half of Indianapolis charter schools scored lower than IPS on ISTEP in 2014
Of the 18 charter schools operating in the city that took ISTEP last year, about half fell below the IPS districtwide average of 51.6 percent passing.
August 7, 2015
Achievement School District announces KIPP, Knowledge Academies to open Nashville schools
Completing its latest round of authorizations, the state-run school turnaround district approves two new operators in Nashville but none in Memphis.
July 22, 2015
New law encourages use of grants, data to improve discipline
House Bill 1635 requires city schools disaggregate discipline data by factors such as race and gender. It also offers grants for those that adopt new discipline models.
June 24, 2015
Idea of one enrollment system for IPS, charters gaining traction
School and community leaders from IPS, KIPP, and La Plaza discussed the pros and cons of an open enrollment system at a Teach Plus-sponsored event.
August 11, 2014
Private schools top Marion County on ISTEP, charters best IPS
Half of the 230 schools in Marion County — public, private and charter — ranked in the bottom quarter of all schools in Indiana that took the state ISTEP test last spring. Just 20 percent of of the county’s schools were even in the top half of the state for ISTEP scores, with 13 percent in the top quarter. Charter schools in Marion County outperform Indianapolis Public Schools, but not by a large margin, when it comes to where they rank statewide.
August 4, 2014
Middle schools at center of IPS testing woes
For IPS, the annual release of ISTEP scores coincided with the first day of school, and the results prompted something of a reckoning of the state of the district’s offerings, both good and bad.
June 23, 2014
TeachPlus names 30 new fellows to study teaching policy
The Indianapolis chapter of TeachPlus, a national organization that aims to get teachers involved in education policy making, has named 30 new “teaching policy fellows.”…
shantay you stay
June 12, 2014
Denver board green lights 14 schools to open in 2015
Some southwest Denver parents feel the district misled them on a final decision for the future of the Kepner Middle School campus.
Not Done Yet
June 2, 2014
Years after Common Core's arrival, reading overhauls continue at top charter networks
The city's top charter school networks are continuing to overhaul their reading materials and methods to meet the Common Core standards years after they were adopted. The networks have moved with new urgency since pass rates plunged on the first-ever Common Core state tests.
May 28, 2014
Survey shows divide in opinion about IPS
Students, parents and staff of Indianapolis Public Schools expressed strong confidence on a survey that the district has a solid expectations and instruction but less than a majority were certain students come out ready for college and careers. But community and business leaders, who have perhaps a less direct connections to the schools, were more skeptical the district was doing a good job.
May 14, 2014
KIPP could be first charter school partner for IPS
Indianapolis Public Schools is working on a deal to bring the KIPP Indianapolis College Preparatory charter school back into one of its buildings starting next fall. After leasing the space for a year, KIPP Executive Director Emily Pelino said she would explore forging a deeper partnership with IPS by becoming an “innovation school.”
March 26, 2014
Fariña and KIPP co-founder to join working group on co-locations
As the mayor tries to reset relations with the charter-school sector, he announced a working group Wednesday devoted to addressing the contentious issue…
October 24, 2013
The basics of charter schools in Indiana: A mayor’s big role
Charter schools are expanding quickly in Indiana.
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