Charter Schools

December 09, 2018 - 9:57 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator is ending in Chicago. The Chicago Teachers Union says more than 500 teachers will return to classes Monday at Acero's charter schools after reaching the tentative agreement just before 5 a.m. Sunday. The union said...
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FIL E- In this Oct. 31, 2018 file photo, Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer speaks the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit. With new Democrats set to take over the governor's mansion across the country, the charter school movement may face a shifting political landscape in a number of key states. The incoming governors in California, Michigan, Illinois and New Mexico have all said they want to take the rare step of putting a temporary halt on new charter schools. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
December 06, 2018 - 2:21 pm
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor's race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos ally and the state's attorney general,...
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December 06, 2018 - 10:03 am
Michigan has the nation's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools.
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Educators with Acero charter schools strike outside Veterans Memorial Charter School Campus, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Chicago. Hundreds of teachers have gone on strike at the Chicago charter school network, leading to canceled classes for thousands of students. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
December 04, 2018 - 11:48 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Union leaders say teachers employed by a Chicago charter school network are staging the first strike at any of the privately run, taxpayer-funded schools in the U.S. The strike at Acero's 15 charter schools in Chicago began Tuesday morning after disappointing negotiations with...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, children hold signs during a rally in support of charter schools at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. On Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, the Washington Supreme Court upheld most of the state's charter school law, eliminating the specter that the classrooms serving more than 3,000 students might have to close. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
October 26, 2018 - 1:05 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A state high court decision upholding the Washington state charter school system marks the end of a decades-long political fight over the publicly funded, privately run schools. Washington in 2012 was one of the last states to set up a charter school law, though it was among the...
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October 25, 2018 - 2:42 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court upheld most of the state's charter school law Thursday, eliminating the specter that a dozen schools serving about 3,400 students might have to close. Teachers unions, civil rights groups and others had challenged the charter school law, arguing that...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2018, file photo, Marshall Tuck, a former charters schools executive who is a candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, appears at a candidates debate hosted by the Sacramento Press Club in Sacramento, Calif. Tuck is running against Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond. California is again recording the most expense state superintendent election in history. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
October 23, 2018 - 7:51 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is again recording the most expensive state superintendent election in history, with a cast of billionaires who are outspending the teachers unions in support of a former charter schools executive. The California State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a...
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October 23, 2018 - 9:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean "Diddy" Combs has pledged $1 million to a network of charter schools for a new location in the Bronx. Capital Preparatory Schools has been approved to open the school in September with 160 6th- and 7th-graders. The goal is to expand to 650 students in grades six through 11 over...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2018, file photo, Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates speaks in Washington, D.C. Gates is taking a more targeted approach in his goal to help America's struggling school systems, this time by largely funding familiar groups to work directly with public school districts in some of the most impoverished regions of the U.S. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
August 28, 2018 - 4:51 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Marking another phase in his education agenda, Bill Gates is now taking a more targeted approach to help struggling U.S. schools. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now funding groups working directly with clusters of public schools in some of the most impoverished regions of...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies during hearing on the FY19 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday, Aug. 21. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard's Kennedy School and Stanford University, come as DeVos promotes alternatives to traditional public schools.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
August 21, 2018 - 11:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard's Kennedy School and...
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