April 11, 2014
Tuesday, the U.S. House Education Committee held a hearing on H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, and while some are praising the legislation, the Center for Education Reform cautions that it is nothing more than a natural progression of the federal government becoming too involved in charter school policy. Read more »
April 3, 2014
New Hope Academy Charter School students made an open letter video to voice their concerns to the York City School Board members.  These Pennsylvania students were prohibited from speaking at the March 19th meeting. Board members barred students and other school supporters as well, claiming they were solely accountable to “taxpayers”. The Board voted not [...] Read more »
March 31, 2014
Performance-based accountability is the hallmark of charter schools and reforms aimed at improving student learning. Unlike all other public schools, charters must be proactive in their efforts to stay open. They must set and meet rigorous academic goals, and actually meet or exceed their state’s proficiency standards. Unlike the traditional public schools that intentionally remain [...] Read more »
March 17, 2014
2014 Charter School Law Rankings & Scorecard: The Rationale Behind the Rankings Press Release Download or print your PDF copy of the 15th edition of Charter School Laws Across the States: Ranking & Scorecard here Read more »
February 4, 2014
As part of National School Choice Week, the American Enterprise Institute hosted a conference to discuss how policy, practice, and research can better facilitate and support vibrant school choice marketplaces. CER President Kara Kerwin moderated the first panel, “Framing the Debate: Lessons from market creation”, emphasizing the need to make each student successful by changing conversations on [...] Read more »
January 24, 2014
Download or print your PDF copy of School Choice Results from America’s Attitudes Towards Education Reform here. As a partner in the fourth annual National School Choice Week, the Center for Education Reform is pleased to highlight key statistics from our latest survey, America’s Attitudes Towards Education Reform, that show the celebration of school choice, or [...] Read more »
January 24, 2014
Download or print your PDF copy of Survey of America’s Charter Schools here. Click here for Press Release. Read more »
January 17, 2014
National School Choice Week is coming to Washington DC! The Center for Education Reform, National School Choice Week, and other organizations have been working hard to plan not one, but two events in our nation’s capital. These events will celebrate all forms of school choice and are part of an ongoing, weeklong celebration across the nation. Don’t miss [...] Read more »
January 17, 2014
The Arizona Charter Schools Association is engineering a plan that if successful, would open up to 25 charter schools in the low-income neighborhoods of Phoenix, AZ. With the help of outside groups, learning programs that emphasize various subjects such as art and science are being developed, and educators are receiving proper training over a two-year [...] Read more »
January 8, 2014
Lawyers for the State of Louisana are asking a federal judge to reverse a 1976 court case that granted federal oversight to ensure school integration, claiming it interferes with the Opportunity Scholarship program. The request is part of the ongoing lawsuit launched by the Department of Justice against Louisiana that claims that the state’s Opportunity [...] Read more »
December 18, 2013
Alabama is nearing its limit in tax credit disbursements given to those taxpayers who are donating funds to scholarship programs. Could it be a sign that more options for students are needed in a state that currently ranks 42 on Parent Power? According to a Dec. 13 report, 582 donors have already given $19.5 million [...] Read more »
December 13, 2013
A small portion of Washington State’s voter-approved charter school law has been ruled unconstitutional, however the ruling has yielded mixed reactions, with both sides claiming victory. According to leading interpretations of the ruling, the law itself is constitutional, allowing for the approval of charter schools to move forward in 2014. But Judge Jean Rietschel also ruled charter [...] Read more »
December 12, 2013
The students at KIPP Delta Charter School in Arkansas receive their instruction out of trailers with fewer resources than most other students in the state. Of the entire student body, 88 percent are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, and come from neighborhoods with a 40 percent poverty rate and above average crime numbers. And [...] Read more »
December 9, 2013
Majorities of Americans support education policies that promote accountability, according to a nationwide survey released by The Center for Education Reform. Download or print your PDF copy of America’s Attitudes Towards Education Reform: Public Support for Accountability in Schools. Read more »
December 5, 2013
As districts across the country have become more diverse and students are able to attend schools not determined by their zip code, the need for accessible education data has grown exponentially. Education Week reported this week on the School Choice Design Challenge, which resulted in the creation of six mobile applications or ‘apps,’ with which students [...] Read more »
December 4, 2013
In California, more communities are finding new and innovative ways to bolster Parent Power. Numerous civil rights groups and community activists are organizing parents to wield more influence in schools and increase access to administrators, while also educating them on issues such as budgeting and disciplinary practices. Recent initiatives from California parents include questioning the performance [...] Read more »
November 26, 2013
Philadelphia School Reform Commissioner Joseph Dworetzky recently leveled misplaced criticism of charter schools. Read why charter schools are not to blame for Philadelphia’s financial problems:   Read more »
November 22, 2013
Officials from Metro Nashville Public Schools have announced a controversial new policy that limits where charter school operators can apply to open a new school starting in 2014.  According to the policy, charter growth will be limited to geographic areas with overcrowded schools (schools expected to exceed 120 percent capacity by 2017) or to charter school [...] Read more »
November 19, 2013
The PA Senate Appropriations Committee is close to passing a charter school bill that could negatively impact schools. We continue to be concerned with the proposal because the goal of any legislative effort to reform Pennsylvania’s charter school sector should be one that ensures quality growth. As currently written SB 1085 does not. To grow [...] Read more »
November 4, 2013
Your editorial, “Reject move toward independent charter schools,” attempts to convey the misconception that charter schools authorized by public universities would be void of any oversight, when it’s actually this type of system that produces schools of the highest quality and accountability for students most in need of other options. Public universities have proven to be [...] Read more »
October 28, 2013
The state of Arizona has become a model of Parent Power in recent years, due in no small part to innovative reforms such as the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA). First enacted in 2011, ESAs were initially available to students with special needs. Today, approximately 200,000 students, or 1 in 5 public school families, are now [...] Read more »
October 22, 2013
What was once billed as an effort to improve Pennsylvania’s modest charter school law has gone horribly off-track. One anti-charter school bill, HB 618 passed the General Assembly earlier this month and now another anti-charter school bill, SB 1085, has been released from the education committee and is being discussed in the Senate Appropriations Committee. [...] Read more »
October 9, 2013
Poll Introduction and Methodology Power and Options The American People Want Power and They Want Options. A plurality of Americans says that parents should have more power over their child’s education, including access to information and data about their child’s school. • Support for accountability in public schools has reached new highs: 62% favor performance [...] Read more »
October 1, 2013
A recent report by the Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools found that when matched up to individual schools, a greater percentage of charter schools receive high grades on value-added scores than in their district school counterparts in the state’s eight biggest cities. The report rebuts an earlier study put out by the Fordham Institute, [...] Read more »
September 2, 2013
NEW! September, 2013 Parent Power Index: How does your state stack up! See where your state ranks in ensuring great learning opportunities for your children. Read more »
August 8, 2013
In its latest installment of state-level charter school achievement research, CREDO found charter school students in Louisiana acquire on average 50 more days of learning in reading and 65 more in math than their traditional school counterparts. The study separately analyzed New Orleans students – where the majority of Louisiana’s charter students are located– concluding [...] Read more »
August 8, 2013
A recent study published in Education Next explores whether or not districts are responding to the competition of the school choice movement. This pressure of choice on districts to change or evolve is known as a “ripple” effect and prior research has also shown this effect is real. This particular study reviewed over 8,000 media [...] Read more »
July 31, 2013
Charters 101: A quick guide from CER on understanding charter schools. Download or print your PDF copy of Charter School Primer   Read more »
July 31, 2013
Washington, DC exemplifies how charter schools can help improve student achievement, according to results from the most recent DC-CAS, the city’s standardized test. Read more »
July 31, 2013
Seventy-one percent of Newark, N.J., residents support expanding the city’s charter school sector. Read more »
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July 8, 2013
In its first year, Merit Prep, a Newark, New Jersey charter school managed by Touchstone, helped students gain 2 years of growth in reading and 1.25 years of growth in science. 90% of Merit Prep’s students are low income. Read more about how this charter school boosted student success in Public Impact’s latest Opportunity Culture [...] Read more »
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July 3, 2013
The numbers are in from the 2012-13 school year, and parents with students in the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program are overwhelmingly satisfied with schools their children attend, as well as their children’s academic progress. It’s not hard to see why parents are happy, with 97% of DC OSP students graduating from high school and 91% [...] Read more »
June 25, 2013
Prior to its release of the National Charter School Study 2013, The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) produced a series of reports – one national, the others state-based – looking at student achievement in charter schools as compared to traditional public schools. CREDO’s 2009 national report, Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 [...] Read more »
June 24, 2013
June 25, 2013 The Center for Education Reform (CER) has argued – echoing highly respected researchers — that the only reports valid for understanding and comparing charter school achievement are “gold standard” randomized control trials (RCTs) such as those authored by Stanford Economist Dr. Caroline Hoxby, and University of Arkansas’ Dr. Patrick Wolf, to name [...] Read more »
June 20, 2013
Continuing its research series on state charter school achievement, CREDO releases a report finding that Illinois charter school students outperform their traditional public school (TPS) counterparts, especially in Chicago where the majority of Illinois charter students live. Read more »
June 10, 2013
School may be out for the summer, but that doesn't mean that your support for school choice needs to take a vacation, too! National School Choice Week has launched a campaign to demonstrate that support for school choice stretches far and wide. Read more »
May 14, 2013
A survey by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice polled a group of “school moms” who had at least one child in preschool, elementary school or high school and asked them several questions on the state of education in America. Some interesting findings from the survey: • School moms were much more likely to favor [...] Read more »
May 6, 2013
May 5-11 is a time to showcase achievements of charter schools in local communities (like yours!) that are working tirelessly to close achievement gaps and elevate learning across the nation. The first charter school opened 21 years ago in Minnesota, and today more than two million students are enrolled in over 6,000 charter schools across [...] Read more »
May 1, 2013
Every few years there is a flurry of activity across the country to create or amend state charter school laws. This paper shows how and why lawmakers and policy advocates need to revisit what has become a dangerous trend in charter policy debates. Download or print your PDF copy of Charter Authorizers: The Truth About [...] Read more »
April 25, 2013
University of Arkansas EDUCATION’S FISCAL CLIFF, REAL OR PERCEIVED? Public Education Funding During the Economic Downturn and the Impact on Public Charter Schools By Larry Maloney, Meagan Batdorff, Jay May & Michelle Terrell A recent analysis by Larry Maloney published by the University of Arkansas on the inequity of public charter school funding versus their [...] Read more »
April 16, 2013
Did you see AppleTree profiled in Education Week today? The piece, titled “Preschool Network Puts ‘Innovation’ Grant to Test ,” highlights how AppleTree has used Investing in Innovation (i3) funds from the Department of Education to develop Every Child Ready , its evidence-based preschool instructional model. Education Week, the national newspaper of record for education, presents Every [...] Read more »
February 19, 2013
A series of articles by Stephanie Simon for Reuters News, published on Friday, February 15, and subsequently in papers in several states nationwide, portrays charter schools generally as selective in their admissions processes and “[leaving] low-income parents scrambling to find a way to feed their children.” The allegations of widespread selectivity are deeply exaggerated. Read more »
February 5, 2013
What you need to know for effective policymaking. In the wake of dozens of state and local officials seeking clarification over best practice charter school laws, it’s important to understand the context for the Center for Education Reform (CER)’s 2013 Charter School Law Rankings, and how it fits with other evaluations now being issued by [...] Read more »
February 1, 2013
The Center for Education Reform (CER) was asked to take a critical look at the issues facing struggling Catholic schools and determine if there were any new, untapped solutions worth exploring to stem their losses, reduce the closures, and sustain what is widely believed –– by educators and experts alike, regardless of catholicity –– to [...] Read more »
January 31, 2013
The Education and the Workforce Committee put together these 10 fast facts on school choice in honor of National School Choice Week 2013. For a more in-depth look at education options and school choice programs across the U.S., check out "Improving American Education with School Choice". Read more »
January 24, 2013
Tweets about “#SCW” Read more »
January 15, 2013
As of January 2013, there are 8 states that have not enacted charter school legislation. Read more »
January 15, 2013
Click on a state name to get detailed information about the charter school law and the rating. Press Release Download or print your PDF copy of 2013 Charter School Law Ranking & Scorecard Read more »
January 9, 2013
Three Friendship Public Charter School students awarded Posse Scholarships, which are full, four-year tuition scholarships, to Bucknell and Sewanee: The University of the South. Read more »
January 8, 2013
Debate over the widely cited national CREDO study on charter schools, and insight on CREDO state-level studies. Read more »
December 18, 2012
A December 2012 Policy Update offering data and facts about school choice options in the United States. Read more »
December 12, 2012
The results of the 2012 Education Next-PEPG national poll are in, and they offer some insights into the state of public opinion on major education issues. Support for the reform agenda continues to grow. Reformers enjoy majority support on a variety of school choice initiatives, and trends across time continue to move in a positive direction. Read more »
December 5, 2012
A recent study by Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) found that charter school students in New Jersey had learning gains in reading and math that were 0.06 and 0.08 standard deviations greater than the averages of their virtual comparison panel, or students in conventional public schools. Overall, 30 percent of charters had [...] Read more »
December 3, 2012
Contact:Lauren HayesTennessee Charter Schools Association615-927-6780lauren@tncharterschools.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 28, 2012 CITY-WIDE CHARTER SCHOOL FAIR TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 8TH All fall 2013 Nashville charter schools will be present to help MNPS families apply for enrollment Nashville, TN- The TCSA Voice, a program of the Tennessee Charter Schools Association, will host the first Nashville [...] Read more »
November 30, 2012
Download or print your PDF copy of The Essential Guide to Charter School Law: Charter School Laws Across the States 2012 Press Release Webinar Briefing on Charter School Laws Across the States 2012 Charter School Laws 2012 Ranking & Scorecard Read more »
October 26, 2012
For the first time ever, this current 2012-2013 school year will see more of our nation’s students in charter schools than in Catholic schools. A recent report explores ideas Catholic schools can adopt from charter schools in order to remain a viable option for parents. Read more »
October 15, 2012
An essential guide to charter school lawmaking grounded on experience and practice. Press Release Download or print your PDF copy of The Essential Guide to Charter School Lawmaking: Model Legislation for States Grounded in Experience and Practice Read more »
October 15, 2012
by Barbara Jones Los Angeles Daily News October 10, 2012 Her empire stretches from the aging Vaughn Elementary School at one end to the state-of-the-art Global and Green Generation campus at the other. In between lies a primary center, a middle school, a campus for senior high students and a half-dozen lots where Yvonne Chan [...] Read more »
October 15, 2012
Throughout the media, a statistic is often repeated that suggests charter school achievement is “mixed” and that only 1 in 5 charter schools actually perform well. This started in June 2009, when The New York Times published a report on a study by a small research center out at Stanford University, whose press releases for [...] Read more »
September 24, 2012
Cincinnati’s public school system is featured as an Education Nation case study because of its holistic approach to education, beginning with wraparound services before children have even entered kindergarten. But while the achievement claims made by the superintendent sound promising, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that all of Cincinnati’s students are achieving at grade level. Read more »
September 24, 2012
A Stanford University report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) gained major attention in June 2009 when the New York Times ran its findings that public charter schools do no better or worse than traditional public schools. Unfortunately, these findings continue to be taken as fact today despite the study’s shortcomings. Below [...] Read more »
September 10, 2012
After 5 years of planning, Avenues: The World School is open for business. It is the largest independent school opening in the history of New York City. CER President Jeanne Allen got a sneak peak of Avenues before it opened. The New York City school is the flagship in a planned global network of schools [...] Read more »
August 30, 2012
A new study from The Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings Institution reveals the positive impact that school vouchers may have on college enrollment. In 1997, a privately funded scholarship program in New York City was created for low-income families. As is typical today, demand far outweighed supply and there were 20,000 applicants for [...] Read more »
August 6, 2012
CER President Jeanne Allen recently visited Avenues: The World School, which is an innovative new school opening its doors this fall in New York City. The New York campus is the flagship in a planned global network of schools with a unique mission to promote and nurture global preparedness. Pledging to “set an example as [...] Read more »
May 24, 2012
Success stories from schools that have high standards. Read more »
April 25, 2012
Frequently asked questions regarding tuition tax credits and tax deductions. Read more »
April 23, 2012
Today, Chiefs for Change, an organization of chief state education officers committed to putting children first through visionary education reform, congratulated Louisiana for its student-centered reforms. Read more »
April 17, 2012
There’s talk in Lansing of trying to tax charter schools to fix the state’s broken retirement system. It’s an idea that won’t work, is unfair and will devastate Michigan’s charter schools and its employees. Read more »
April 13, 2012
Highlights from the most recent annual report from the Florida Department of Education comparing charter school and conventional public school performance. Read more »
April 11, 2012
The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (DC OSP) is once again on the chopping block as President Obama has allocated zero funds to the program in his proposed 2013 federal budget. Read more »
April 3, 2012
The NJ Spotlight Opinion Piece “Voucher Bills Fall Prey to False Advertising and Small Thinking” is a subjective commentary by Mr. MacInnes which mischaracterizes both the intent of the Opportunity Scholarship Act and the urgency of the need for OSA. Read more »
March 21, 2012
John Paul II Catholic High School announces tech-adventurous funding-raising goal of $99,000 via Crowdtilt as part of $676,000 May 1 goal Read more »
March 15, 2012
Frequently asked questions regarding charter schools and what they mean for students, educators, schools, and communities. Read more »
February 10, 2012
In response to your dozens of calls and emails, I am writing with good news about a much-publicized issue regarding charter school teachers’ state retirement eligibility. Nothing in the regulations is directly aimed at charter schools. There is nothing that is becoming final this summer. Read more »
January 26, 2012
Download or print your PDF copy of CER Summary Hoxby New York Charters 2009 Read more »
January 26, 2012
Download or print your PDF copy of Fact-Checking Charter School Achievement Read more »
January 26, 2012
Print or download PDF here: America’s Attitudes Toward Charter Schools 2008 Read more »
January 26, 2012
On June 27, 2002, the United States Supreme Court ruled that that the state of Ohio was within its constitutional power to enact a school choice program for Cleveland's children. Read more »
January 26, 2012
Download or print your PDF copy of National Charter School and Enrollment Statistics 2010 Read more »
January 26, 2012
Print or download PDF here: Next Generation Charter Schools Act Read more »
January 26, 2012
Overview of CER 2011 Charter School Laws Full Report Read more »
January 26, 2012
Download or print your PDF copy of Fact-Checking School Choice Research Open publication - Free publishing - More research Read more »
January 26, 2012
Download or print your PDF copy of Closed Charter Schools By State 2011 Read more »
January 17, 2012
Download or print your PDF copy of Charter School Laws Across the States 2011 Read more »
December 26, 2011
Download or print your PDF copy of The State of Charter Schools: What We Know – and What We Do Not – About Performance and Accountability Read more »
December 21, 2011
Download or print your PDF copy of National Charter School & Enrollment Statistics 2011-12 Read more »
December 10, 2011
Download or print your PDF copy of Multiple Authorizers Primer Read more »
December 1, 2011
This Policy Perspective report analyzes New Jersey's charter application methodology from a 2011 cycle and uncovers some concerning evaluation processes. Read more »
November 30, 2011
Frequently asked questions regarding school choice and what choice means for students, educators, schools, and communities. Read more »
November 23, 2011
Findings from a recently released report by Mathematica Policy Research and the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) point to increased effectiveness of Charter Management Organization (CMOs) schools over district schools. The study was conducted over the last two years. It was composed of surveys of principals and teachers at 292 qualifying CMO schools (40 [...] Read more »
November 15, 2011
Students, parents and educators head the to steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday, November 15, to show support for a proposal that is now pending in the House, to provide children in the lowest 5% of failing schools a scholarship to attend a successful school of choice. The REACH Foundation’s Rally for School Choices [...] Read more »
October 24, 2011
CER president Jeanne Allen briefs the leadership of the Nativity Miguel schools on the ed. reform landscape. The network serves 64 middle schools in 27 states. Read more »
October 18, 2011
Click here to read an excerpt of Subversion Inc. by Mathew Vadum (published by WND Books). Read more »
October 18, 2011
New Orleans’ Algiers Charter School Association CEO, Dr. Andrea Thomas-Reynolds, spent some time with Newswire sharing the road her charter took to high student and teacher success in a post-Katrina environment. Following is a brief re-cap: Newswire: What was the impetus to starting the charter network? Reynolds: It actually emerged from the aftermath of Katrina, [...] Read more »
September 25, 2011
“By the time a charter schools student has reached the end of eighth grade, our estimates indicate that he will be scoring about 30 points higher in math than he would have been scoring if he had been lotteried-out and remained in the regular public schools.” That’s just one of the conclusions of the most [...] Read more »
September 25, 2011
Yes. In addition to the positive pressure they put on the public school system as a whole, charter schools satisfy and serve their primary constituents (teachers, parents, and students) by providing exciting and viable new education in an inclusive, individual manner. Harvard University Professor and Economist Caroline Hoxby recently released a study called “A Straightforward [...] Read more »
September 25, 2011
Skeptics often argue that school choice programs only succeed because they “cream” the best students, those with the most involved parents or the best academics, and leave the hard-to educate behind in the troubled traditional public school system. By measurement of student academic progress, parental involvement, constituent satisfaction and public school reaction to competition, the [...] Read more »
September 25, 2011
The CER’s annual survey of the day-to-day operations of charters reveals that charter schools are experiencing stronger parental demand than ever before, with growing waiting lists at 65% of schools. Read more »
September 25, 2011
There are more than 5,400 charter schools serving more than 1.7 million children across the country. (Fall, 2010) Visit the National Charter School Directory for a complete searchable listing and website links. Charters schools are growing at a rapid pace. For the 2010-2011 school year, 465 new charter schools opened in 40 states and the District of [...] Read more »
September 25, 2011
The strongest critics of choice scholarship programs claim that if dollars are used for religiously affiliated schools then they violate the First Amendment (establishment of religion). The First Amendment provides freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Choice scholarship programs let parents choose where to direct their children’s education funds. The state is not imposing [...] Read more »
September 25, 2011
Charter schools are public schools. Like district public schools, they are funded according to enrollment (also called average daily attendance, or ADA), and receive funding from the district and the state according to the number of students attending. The ways and amounts at which charters are funded compared to their district counterparts differ dramatically in an [...] Read more »
October 1, 2010
Why some are saying only 1 in 5 charter schools perform, and why it’s wrong. Insight on the widely cited CREDO study. Read more »
January 26, 2010
Download or print your PDF copy of Annual Survey of America’s Charter Schools 2010 Read more »
December 20, 2009
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December 20, 2009
A handbook to help parents make sense of schooling options to get a better education for their child. Download or print your PDF copy of Know Your Choices Read more »
August 4, 2009
A recent study of charter schools' effect on student achievement has been published by CREDO (2009). It contains a statistical mistake that causes a biased estimate of how charter schools affect achievement. This paper explains that mistake. Read more »
June 22, 2002
Statement By Center For Education Reform President Jeanne Allen On Supreme Court Ruling Supporting School Choice For Cleveland Children Read more »