By Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan Hassel; first published on EdNext. Educators nationally are striving to incorporate more personalization: giving students what they need by adapting what, when, how, and where students learn. But personalized learning is just one of several big instructional trends—high standards, aligned curricula, teaching the whole child, improving social-emotional skills, to […]
Beyond the Fringe: Charter Authorizing as Enrollment Grows
Report presents a framework for considering the issues that arise as charter enrollment grows in a city and how those issues affect students’ access to great schools.
Beyond District/Charter: How City Leaders Catalyze and Support Systems of Great Schools
Report documents how education “quarterbacks” have supported governance reform in three cities.
Betting on a Brighter Charter School Future for Nevada Students
For too many children in and around Las Vegas, getting a great education has been a losing bet. As their Clark County School District exploded to become the country’s fifth-largest district, poor and minority students found themselves shut out of its top schools and concentrated in the county’s lowest-performing district and public charter schools. And […]
The New Frontier Public Charter Schools as a Tool to Transform Education in Clark County
Report examines how Clark County used charter schools to transform educational options for all students, especially those who need them most.
How, Why Districts and Charters Engage: New in Education Next
As the charter school sector has grown too large to ignore in some cities, districts and charters have sometimes begun collaborating or coordinating some efforts. Public Impact’s Daniela Doyle, Christen Holly, and Bryan Hassel focus on how and why this happened by looking at Cleveland in a new piece for Education Next, based on their […]
School Restart Authorization Process Guide
Process guide and related database offer step-by-step guidance for designing or refining the restart process.
Learning from Tennessee: Growing High-Quality Charter Schools
In just five years, Tennessee went from 29 charter schools and six charter management organizations (CMOs) serving 5,500 kids to 98 schools and 24 CMOs serving 29,000 students—while emphasizing the need to replicate high-performing and high-potential charters in underserved communities. How did Tennessee do it, and what lessons can other education leaders learn from this state?
As we document in Public Impact’s new report for the Charter School Growth Fund, Growing a High-Quality Charter Sector: Lessons from Tennessee, the state benefitted from the convergence of favorable policy conditions, political leadership, public-private grants, and an existing supply of local high-quality charter operators. That created an environment for the Tennessee Charter School Incubator and the Charter School Growth Fund to carry out unique philanthropically supported strategies focused on identifying and developing promising new school leaders and expanding high-performing CMOs in Memphis and Nashville. Though the state has too little data yet to fully judge the impact on student achievement, early academic results are promising, and the newest charter schools are predominantly run by organizations with a record of success.
Growing a High-Quality Charter Sector: Lessons from Tennessee
Report describes how favorable policy conditions, political leadership, and public-private grants accelerated the growth of high-quality charter schools in Memphis and Nashville.
Authorizer Shopping: Lessons from Experience and Ideas for the Future
Report considers five examples of authorizer shopping and provides specific guidance to authorizers, policymakers, and advocates to address it.
For Charter School Kids’ Sake, Prevent Authorizer Shopping
A strength of the charter school community has been its willingness to address quality and accountability issues, especially in the face of inconsistent academic quality among charters. Charter school advocates increasingly realize that great authorizing includes the will and ability to close failing schools. As authorizers and states have increased performance expectations and grown less […]
Is Détente Possible? District-Charter School Relations in Four Cities
Report examines how districts work with the charters in their midst—in Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, and Washington, D.C.