Charters

States increasingly extend charter-like flexibility to district schools

24 states now give districts or individual schools freedom from state regulations to innovate

Charter schools aren’t a radical solution and neither is blaming them

Slamming charters won’t address systemic inequality or put families to work

A graduating student wears a money lei, a necklace made of US dollar bills, at the Pasadena City College graduation ceremony, June 14, in Pasadena, California. With 45 million borrowers owing $1.5 trillion, the student debt crisis in the United States has exploded in recent years and has become a key electoral issue in the run-up to the 2020 presidential elections.

To boost black students, we should give free college to students who don’t need it

Bernie Sanders has the right idea: Debt forgiveness and free college for everyone is the only politically feasible way to get relief to the students who desperately need it

New Orleans finally has control of its own schools, but will all parents really have a say?

Can a locally elected school board bring true accountability to the city’s diffuse network of charter schools, or will the corruption and favoritism that plagued the city’s school board before Katrina return, giving an upper hand to savvy, well-connected parents and communities?

Charter schools nearly destroyed this New Orleans school. Now it will become one.

The first black high school in New Orleans, McDonogh 35, was a source of pride, until the chartering of the city’s schools after Hurricane Katrina contributed to its academic collapse. Now, the school board hopes turning it over to a charter organization can save it

Marching in Mardi Gras, a New Orleans school that once struggled shows off

The alumni of a school demolished after Hurricane Katrina rallied to keep it alive after it was taken over by charter operators. A decade later, the school’s marching band is one sign of how far it’s come

Girls Coach Katie Lucky-Heard (left, white shirt) delivered a half-time pep talk to her team. “Tú puedes,” she said. You can do it.

Immigrant students once barred from sports can now play in Louisiana

The state’s athletic association lifts a rule requiring social security numbers after an outcry by educators and activists

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A rural charter school splits an Oklahoma town

A businessman makes an end run around community opponents to bring a charter school to a struggling small town. Now, he wants to expand to others like it.

Charter school leaders should talk more about racism

Praising charters for “doing more with less” ignores how racist systems have devalued black communities, starving kids in both traditional and charter schools of resources

Sasha Redlener, a fourth-grade teacher at Mott Haven Academy Charter School, helps her students with an assignment. Classes at the school mix “body breaks” and other playtime with reading and math instruction and lessons in social and emotional skills.

‘A child is not a revolving door’

A South Bronx school started by a child welfare agency has gradually found answers for educating youth in foster care

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