A new public charter school opening in fall 2011 on Joint Base Andrews will not only feature staff specially trained to meet the needs of military families, but also, with 35 percent of slots reserved for non-military families, bring the community in to what base commander Col. Kenneth R. Rizer acknowledges can seem like a "fortress." Imagine Andrews Public Charter School will be the first school located on base since 1979, when the public school there that had existed since the 1950s closed, Rizer said... [read more]
Charter schools suddenly 'relevant'
AUGUSTA - Supporters of charter schools in Maine think they have reason to celebrate. The governor-elect is pledging to appoint an education commissioner who's a proponent of charter schools and public school choice. And, with a new Republican majority, the Legislature appears more likely than it has in the past to pass a bill allowing charter schools in Maine -- one of 10 states that don't allow the independently run public schools... [read more]
LOS ANGELES-The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has awarded $1 million to Rocketship Education, a leading network of innovative K-5 public charter schools, the foundation announced today. The investment will support the first national expansion of a "hybrid school" model - which combines classroom instruction with online learning - helping Rocketship develop the infrastructure necessary to open 30 new hybrid charter schools nationwide by 2015... [read more]