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Pankovits, Tressa; Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2020
Across the country, urban school districts are moving beyond industrial-era systems by creating "innovation" or "partnership" schools that have the freedom to reinvent the way they educate students. The Progressive Policy Institute released a how-to guide for legislators, district leaders, and advocates who want to create more…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Educational Innovation, Program Implementation
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Over the past 15 years, cities across the country have experienced rapid growth in the number of public charter schools serving their students. When implemented with fidelity, the charter formula -- autonomy, choice, diversity of school designs, and real accountability -- produces continuous improvements in school quality, with impressive student…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Public Schools, Charter Schools
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Released on the 25th anniversary of the opening of the first charter schools, David Osborne's "Reinventing America's Schools" explores the new paradigm of public education that is emerging to fit the realities of the 21st century. Osborne's new book offers a bracing survey of the most dramatic improvements taking place in urban education…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Charter Schools, Urban Education
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent organizations. Freed from many rules and topdown policies constraining district-operated schools, charter school leaders have direct control over most school-level decisions. Indiana has the best charter school law in the country, according to the National Alliance of Public…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Charter Schools, Equal Education, State Aid
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Since Congress has passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) states are revamping their federally required systems to measure school quality and hold schools accountable for performance. However, most are doing so using outdated assumptions, holdovers from the Industrial Era, when cookie-cutter public schools followed orders from central…
Descriptors: Accountability, Measurement, Public Schools, Educational Change
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Some of the most dramatic gains in urban education have come from school districts using what many call a "portfolio strategy." Others call it "reinvention," a "21st century approach," or "relinquishment." By whatever name, it generally means that districts negotiate performance agreements with some mix of…
Descriptors: Urban Education, School Districts, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2015
An important contest is taking place in Washington, D.C.--a race between two vehicles designed to carry children into the future with the habits and skills they need to live productive, meaningful lives. The older of the two, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), uses a "unified governance model" that emerged more than a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Charter Schools
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2012
Today some 5,600 charter schools are in operation, with more than two million students. Some critics persist in a fruitless argument that these schools have failed, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. But regardless of your opinion about them, charter schools are here to stay. Those concerned about public education should quit debating…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, Public Education, Educational Improvement
Russo, Alexander – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
In this report for the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project, the author takes a close look at charter schooling in Ohio, examining the history, status quo, challenges, and the future of the charter school effort there. He finds terrific examples of success, but points out that there are some very real challenges, including…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Policy, Public Education, Educational History
Smith, Nelson – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
The Texas example illustrates the challenge faced by today's charter movement: how to meet growing demand while maintaining quality. Its considerable progress is sometimes obscured by headlines about the few schools at the top that generate enormous excitement and world-class achievement and the few at the bottom that use their autonomy for unwise…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, School Law, Academic Achievement
Gayl, Chrisanne L. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
High quality after-school programs provide numerous social, family, and community benefits. In addition to helping parents balance work and life responsibilities, these programs offer prime opportunities to enhance learning--particularly for struggling students. After-school programs also help to promote equity among students by providing…
Descriptors: Employed Parents, Enrichment, After School Programs, Educational Quality
Hassel, Bryan C.; Terrell, Michelle Godard – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
Arizona's charter experience over the past decade has clearly shown the power of a relatively open chartering system. Schools have sprung up in all corners of the state; parents and teachers have flocked to them in great numbers. Interesting new approaches have emerged. Quite a few of the schools have been strikingly successful. In many places,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Law, Accountability, Academic Achievement
Schroeder, Jon – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
This report traces the origins, evolution and impact of Minnesota's pioneering charter school law--on its own schools, students, and communities and on the development of charter laws in many other states. It notes that, unlike what is now happening elsewhere, new schools are now being chartered at an accelerating pace in Minnesota. And because…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational History, State Legislation, Educational Legislation
Hassel, Bryan C. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
This report has describes how the young Indianapolis charter school initiative can claim a number of successes: (1) Many community leaders have stepped forward to spearhead the creation of charter schools, bringing new energy and resources into public education; (2) Parents have flocked to the new schools, lining up on waiting lists and noting…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, School Choice, Educational Change
Lake, Robin J. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
In New York City and state, charter schools are slowly gaining momentum through performance that speaks for itself, and with quick action by authorizers and charter advocates when schools fail. But as the New York charter experience should demonstrate to districts and states nationwide, meeting the urgent need for systemwide improvement is far…
Descriptors: Public Education, Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Change