Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability

Charter Schools

Publications

“What’s Next?” Establishing High School Preparatory Programs at Charter Middle Schools
December 2012
Published in cooperation with the New York Charter Schools Association, this paper identifies several key design elements for establishing and operating successful high school prep programs in charter middle schools. These programs can effectively prepare and assist students in the move to competitive high school environments and keep them on the path to college.

Report Rates Legislators’ Votes on Public Charter Schools
November 2012
An analysis of New York State legislators’ votes on recent bills affecting public charter schools found strong support in the Senate from Republicans and the Independent Democratic Caucus, and the weakest support from Assembly Democrats.

Union-Represented Charter Schools Not Making the Grade
December 21, 2010
On the 2010 New York City Progress Reports, non-union charter schools significantly outperformed UFT-represented charter schools in each of the three categories upon which the schools were grades. Based on the latest scores, one has to wonder how long it will be until the list of closed unionized charter schools expands.

How Charter Schools Can Respond to the Catholic School Closure Crisis
October 2010
New York’s Catholic schools continue to be in crisis, with school-closure announcements regularly emanating from virtually every urban diocese overseeing inner-city Catholic schools.  One solution to this problem is churches converting their Catholic schools into charter school.  This report explores this and other ways churches and charter schools can work together.

State Legislators’s Votes on Charter Schools Tallied
October 29, 2010
Votes on bills affecting public charter schools by New York State legislators during the 2009-10 legislative session were tallied to gauge legislators’ support or opposition to one of the most significant education reforms to be enacted by the state legislature in the last dozen years.

Key Charter School Legislation Voted on by the New York State Legislature (2009-10 Session)
October 2010
During the 2009-2010 legislative session, the New York State Senate and Assembly voted on ten charter-school bills, including pro-charter bills such as lifting the cap on the number of charter schools that can operate in the state, allowing charter schools to contract for services with BOCES, and extending the length of time charter school can operate before needing to be renewed. Anti-charter bills cut per-pupil funding for two consecutive years, proposed increasing facilities costs, and imposed unnecessary burdensome mandates.

Analysis of Albany Public Charter and District Student Proficiency Rates on New York State English Language Arts Exams
May 25, 2010
An examination of student proficiency rates shows that Albany public charter school students outperformed district students in five out of the six tested grade levels and that performance gaps between public charters and traditional district schools have grown over time.

New York Teachers Unions: A History of Opposition to Public Charter Schools
May 21, 2010
While union bosses of the statewide and New York City teachers unions claim that they don’t oppose public charter schools, a review the numerous public comments they’ve made shows a different story. Union bosses have routinely mischaracterized these innovative schools and to turn public opinion against them.

State Legislators Who Refused to Expand Charter Schools Themselves Benefitted from School Choice
January 22, 2010
In the aftermath of a failed attempt by the New York State Legislature to strengthen the state’s charter-school law and better compete for millions in federal education funds, a survey of state legislators found that Democrats responsible for killing the expansion of choices in public education were themselves beneficiaries of school choice.

Analysis of the Charter-School Bond Market
August 2009
While President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan strongly support the growth of charter schools, access to facilities is hindering their growth and the tightening credit markets have dramatically slowed the pace of tax-exempt financing for charter school facilities.  This report offers a comprehensive analysis of the nation’s charter school bond market and explains the characteristics of highly rated charter-school transactions.

An Examination of What the CREDO Charter School Study Does and Doesn’t Show
August 20, 2009
The results of the national charter school study conducted by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University were immediately oversimplified and used by charter school opponents to cast a negative light on charter schools.  Careful analysis and reflection of the facts show a different story.

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Unionize ‘Em
March 13, 2009
New York teachers unions are aggressively working behind the scenes to kneecap the state’s most innovative charter schools.  Having failed to stop charter schools outright – the union’s first preference – the teachers unions now are pursuing a new strategy: speak more softly and attempt to coax one charter school after another into its dues-paying fold.

Charter Schools in Albany: The Brighter Choice Experience (pdf)
February 13, 2008
Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability President Thomas Carroll was the featured speaker at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government’s public policy forum on the nationally-significant charter school reform movement in Albany, New York.  In the state’s capital city, a group of charter school leaders are striving to make it the first city in America where charter schools have attained high market share and uniformly high quality.