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Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
Improving public education has long been a cornerstone of the Democratic platform. Because progressives understand that access to a quality education is the gateway to a better life, their decades-long struggle to promote equal rights and opportunity for all Americans has been deeply tied to their struggle to create an effective public school…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Equal Education, Public Schools, Institutional Autonomy
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
Lake, Robin J.; Rainey, Lydia – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
In the past eight years, Chicago has created an excellent charter school model with help from across the city. Mayor Richard Daley supported the reform, Chicago Public Schools developed a thoughtful and proactive approval process, business and civic leaders championed the movement and provided technical support, and teachers and community groups…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, School Choice, Educational Change
Mead, Sara – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
In this report for the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project, the author examines charter schooling in Washington, D.C., including the region's unique history of charter schooling and the challenges these schools face. She is optimistic about the future of the District's charter school movement, but argues that District and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Finance, Educational Change
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
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
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