Charter school performance getting better over time for students in poverty

Back in 2009, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) research group at Stanford University caused a huge stir with their report that claimed only a small proportion of charter school students were outperforming their traditional public school counterparts. That was then. CREDO recently released an updated report, “National Charter School Study 2013,” and…

Charter School Successes: BASIS charters outperform in Arizona – and the world!

The National Center for Policy Analysis reports that a BASIS charter school in Tucson scored even higher than students from Shanghai, an Asian education powerhouse, on recent international tests. The National Center says of the BASIS Tucson North school: “The Tucson charter school outscored all 40 countries that administered the 2012 PISA, or Programme for…

Is an ‘illegal’ charter school the secret of Taylor County superintendent’s success in reducing dropout rates?

Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook proudly announced to everyone’s surprise during a recent meeting of the Interim Joint Education Committee that he is operating an illegal charter school in his district. Will the politicians try to stop him – especially considering the fact that not a single student has dropped out of his district during…

‘Legalize School Choice’ drive: One politician should not keep public charter schools out of Kentucky

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Today the Bluegrass Institute kicks off a campaign designed to convince parents in some of Kentucky’s most failing districts that their children’s freedom to learn is being held up by one man in Frankfort – the House Education Committee chairman. “For several years now, solid legislation has been filed in Frankfort that would…

Bluegrass Institute represented at KY Charter Schools Association summit

Today, the recently formed Kentucky Charter Schools Association hosted its First Annual Education Summit on Public Charter Schools in Louisville, KY. Many important champions of the school choice movement in Kentucky were present and accounted for, including Board President of the Association, Hal Heiner, Pastor Jerry Stephenson from the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the…