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The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Maddie Hanna

22 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Data shows that nationally only 2% of public-school teachers are Black men. To fill that gap, Boys’ Latin, a charter school in Philadelphia, launched a program that creates teaching positions for Black men who want ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

14 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Students at two Philadelphia schools are getting to know the ins-and-outs of the democratic system by actively participating in the operations of their schools. Students at Philly Free School meet weekly with faculty ...

NBC News

Erin Einhorn

16 June 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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After the pandemic forced schools to close, educators in Detroit had to take on the role of "detectives" in order to track down missing students and help them stay on-track. After realizing the extent of the impact th...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Suevon Lee

16 June 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Teachers and administrators at schools across Hawaii are adjusting to what it means to teach summer school during the time of coronavirus—and how it'll shape their protocols once fall rolls around. These adjustments i...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

2 May 2020

Mesa, Arizona, United States

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The Summit Learning Program is an online program that offers personalized lessons in science, social studies, math, and English language arts for students in grades four through 12. “Nearly 400 schools use it across 4...

Chalkbeat

Yana Kunichoff

3 April 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When the pandemic forced schools to cancel in-person classes, the pivot to virtual lessons had to be fast and efficient. In Chicago, three charter school networks were able to make the switch quickly, while innovating...

The Hechinger Report

Alfonso Serrano

18 January 2020

Lost Hills, California, United States

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Owners of the Wonderful Company food conglomerate honed their philanthropic efforts on the community they saw had the most need—their own workers' families—by establishing charter schools to improve the quality of lif...

Chalkbeat

Kalyn Belsha

8 January 2020

United States

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In addition to encouraging students to pursue higher education, charter school networks have started to follow up with alumni who end up dropping out of college, offering them alternative paths to a degree, such as on...

The Hechinger Report

Aaricka Washington

23 December 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Fugees Academy, with schools in Ohio and Georgia, offers specialized and trauma-informed instruction for refugee students. The school aims to get students up to speed with accelerated English instruction.

U.S. News & World Report

Rachel Zohn

14 August 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Charter schools are part of a new effort to change the public perception of Montgomery's underfunded schools. But the community wonders how they will fit in and affect the performance of existing public schools and ne...

WABE

Martha Dalton

17 May 2019

Georgia, United States

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In Georgia, about half of inmates don't have a high school diploma or GED. At Lee Airendale State Prison, a charter school offers inmates a chance to earn a high school degree. “The thing about the diploma is it’s fro...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Alyssa Biederman

20 February 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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School districts can help students qualify for high-tech careers, regardless of their zip code, through investments in networking and mentoring. Coded by Kids was founded in Philadelphia in 2014 to teach underprivileg...

Christian Science Monitor

Elena Weissmann

9 November 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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At a Boston high school, a targeted approach to attract a diverse student body to computer science courses is showing signs of success. By implementing a "computer science-heavy curriculum," and applying the technolog...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

24 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Since Ascend Charter Schools switched from the popular "No Excuses" model to a Responsive Classroom philosophy, test scores have steadily risen, suspension rates have dropped dramatically, and the racial achievement g...

The 74

Beth Hawkins

25 September 2018

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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In just three years, San Antonio superintendent Pedro Martinez has raised the bar for school integration efforts nationwide - in this time, the district, where 93 percent of students qualify for free or reduced price ...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Justin Murphy

18 July 2018

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Recent reports show steady improvement for students attending Indianapolis’ Innovation Schools - a unique model that “marries the autonomy of charter schools with the resources and scale of a school district.” While I...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

15 July 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Calling New Orleans' post-Katrina school reform "the most ambitious education overhaul in modern America," journalist David Leonhardt outlines what he sees as the two main pillars holding up New Orleans' success -- au...

Politico

Eliza Shapiro

30 June 2018

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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In his five years as superintendent of Camden public schools, Paymon Rouhanifard shepherded in a new era of increasing graduation and decreasing suspension rates. Rouhanifard "avoided the extremes of zigzagging educat...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Justin Murphy

5 June 2018

Rochester, New York, United States

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East High High School in the Rochester City School District is three years into an Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) with the University of Rochester and has seen measures of success, most notably the fact th...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Emily Dugdale

10 May 2018

Hawaii, United States

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While Hawaii's Kamalani Academy tries to improve the school experience for and academic achievements of immigrant students from the Marshall Islands, it is looking to an unlikely place for inspiration: Springdale, Ark...

Christian Science Monitor

Eva Fedderly

25 April 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Opened in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' NET charter schools acknowledges that "many young people continue to struggle with issues that are greater than traditional models can support." Serving mainly stu...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

27 March 2018

Orange Grove, California, United States

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Joint use policies turn communal spaces—such as schools and churches—during off-hours into a place for public health programs. This can be especially impactful in communities were the ability to exercise outside can b...

Colorado Public Radio

Jenny Brundin

22 January 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Only one percent of Denver teachers have the means to buy a home within the city's limits. Landed, an organization that has located places for California educators to live, is now expanding to Colorado. Buyers provide...

The New York Times

Kate Taylor

11 January 2018

United States

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Several charter school networks have found that a strict and structured approach to instruction, while it may be improving test scores, is not resulting in the anticipated increase in timely college completion rates f...

The Hechinger Report

Emrys Eller

28 November 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Since opening its doors in 2006, the Native American Community Academy has built up a school led by native leaders and centered around curricula informed by tribal cultures in New Mexico. The charter school has had re...

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