Blog posts from 2011

December 12, 2011

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers just became the first teachers union in the country to open a charter school authorizer.

July 8, 2011

Parents don't enroll their children in a sector. They enroll in some particular school. And yet, research to date has been comparing "charter" and "district."

July 5, 2011

Ted Kolderie is the recipient of this year's James Bryant Conant Award from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) for his work to develop the chartered schools sector in public education.

June 7, 2011

We've been watching a growing number of schools where teachers are able to control what matters for school success. Today we announce our new National Inventory of Schools with Teacher Autonomy.

April 1, 2011

The legislative season is busy for us small policy organizations, but we hope to be posting regularly again in June. Stay tuned!

March 31, 2011

Innovative Quality Schools is a new approved authorizer of chartered schools in Minnesota. They will focus on authorizing schools that innovate with respect to instructional model, staffing and leadership design, evaluation method, or some other aspect.

March 11, 2011

The drama playing out in Wisconsin is something of a political spectacle. What is its root cause? Not an extreme governor, nor labor unions. Instead, at root, the system is not financially sustainable.

March 2, 2011

This new book argues that the present system of K-12 education is no longer financially sustainable - and provides a strategy to address it.

February 25, 2011

With traditionally-designed big-box high schools, it can be difficult to change to keep up with fluctuating financial times. The shell is still there. The physical constraints drive learning models as much as the conditions and teachers.

February 18, 2011

In rural Hutto Texas, the superintendent has taken the compelling step of seeking to trademark and lease-off the school’s Hutto Hippo. He is also planning to lease bus and website space to advertisers.