Charter Schools

What Applying to Charter Schools Showed Me About Inequality

Charters are not a comprehensive solution to public education's problems.

The Student-Led Backlash Against New Orleans's Charter Schools

Late last year, students at several of the city's high-performing charters staged large-scale protests. Why?

When Outsiders Take Over Schools: Lessons From Memphis

Tennessee's new Achievement District gives control of some public schools over to charter networks, with mixed results.

Beware of the U.S. Charter School Doom Loop

For districts in America's less affluent Northeastern cities, school choice has been a costly experiment.

Bloomberg's Education Plan Is Working: Don't Ditch It

Since the mayor took office, high-school graduation rates are up. There are more quality schools. Money is distributed more equitably.

So Pitbull Wants to Make Charter Schools 'Cool' and 'Sexy'

Is this good for America?

Can a 'Moneyball' Approach Turn Around New Orleans Schools?

Scores are rising as teachers track data and look for patterns to improve classroom learning.

The End of Private Schools?

Enrollment is declining, and charter schools are the most likely culprit.

The End of the Neighborhood School

A spate of closings is leaving children without local education options.

What Makes Urban Charter Schools Effective?

MIT economist Josh Angrist believes demographics and pedagogical approach both play a role.

2012 Ballot Initiatives: Local Winners and Losers

A cities-focused look at the outcome of key state and local ballot initiatives.

Want to Get More Families Into a City? Pay Their Kids' College Tuition

Promise programs are springing up in Rust Belt cities. But some are working better than others. Here's why.

Why American Students Can't Write

A former South Bronx teacher recalls how his own idealism kept his class from learning how to write.

Chicago Teachers Strike Puts Charter Schools in the Spotlight

With traditional public schools out of session, will parents make the switch?

Why Hasn't the Harlem Children's Zone Been Replicated Even Without Obama's Help?

As a candidate, Obama promised to bring this transformative program to 20 cities around the country. That didn't pan out, but is the president to blame?