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What You Were Reading in 2017

| Wed, 12/20/2017

From a groundbreaking report on school districts’ financial struggles to a just-in-time brief on a new “third way” educational model, here are our top five publications of the year (plus our most popular blog posts).

When Schools Come in Different Flavors, It Doesn’t Mean Families Have Options

Michael DeArmond | Thu, 12/14/2017

Michael DeArmond looks at why families still have challenges finding a school that is a good fit for their children, even when a wide mix of programs is available.

In a Deeply Flawed ‘Analysis,’ the Associated Press Blames Public Charter Schools for America’s Segregated Cities

Robin Lake | Tue, 12/05/2017

History repeats itself. Unfortunately, so does irresponsible analysis. For the 20 or so years that I’ve been studying charter schools, the attacks on charters have morphed over time. Early on, it was said that charter schools were going to admit only the most advantaged students.

Public School Choice, Any Way You Slice It

Christine Campbell and Georgia Heyward show how school choice is creating new opportunities for families as well as challenges for cities.

For public school choice, focus on reality—not rhetoric

Robin Lake | Fri, 11/10/2017

Citing evidence from CRPE’s new analysis, Robin Lake writes that the debate over school choice is out of touch with the experiences of families on the ground.

A Flexible “Third Way” Option: Partnership Schools on the Rise

Christine Campbell | Wed, 10/18/2017

Christine Campbell explains how partnership schools differ from charters, and why these new models could benefit districts, charters, and families.

Communities Need Districts and Charters to Collaborate More and Compete Less

Sharif El-Mekki | Tue, 10/17/2017

Charter School Principal Sharif El-Mekki says education leaders must work together to ensure every child has access to high-quality education

Brokering the Grand Bargain

Ethan Gray | Thu, 10/12/2017

Ethan Gray of Education Cities explains why third-party leaders can help broker meaningful district-charter partnerships.

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