Charter Schools

New Democratic governors show shift on US charter schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor’s race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country’s highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos ally and the state’s attorney general, ultimately lost to Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat and former … Continue reading New Democratic governors show shift on US charter schools

More Democrat governors, more skepticism of charter schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor’s race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country’s highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos ally and the state’s attorney general, ultimately lost to Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat and former … Continue reading More Democrat governors, more skepticism of charter schools

NEW YORK | Diddy pledges $1 million to new Bronx charter school

NEW YORK — Sean “Diddy” Combs has pledged $1 million to a network of charter schools for a new location in the Bronx. Capital Preparatory Schools has been approved to open in September with 160 6th- and 7th-graders. The goal is to expand to 650 students in grades six through 11 over five years, according … Continue reading NEW YORK | Diddy pledges $1 million to new Bronx charter school

WASHINGTON | Poll: Support for school choice growing among Republicans

WASHINGTON — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard’s Kennedy School and Stanford University, come as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promotes alternatives … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Poll: Support for school choice growing among Republicans

WASHINGTON | Poll shows support for charter schools, vouchers is growing

WASHINGTON— Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard’s Kennedy School and Stanford University, come as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promotes alternatives to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Poll shows support for charter schools, vouchers is growing

SEATTLE | AP Exclusive: Billionaires fuel US charter schools movement

SEATTLE— Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools … Continue reading SEATTLE | AP Exclusive: Billionaires fuel US charter schools movement