Twenty-five years ago, Minnesota became the first state in the nation to enact legislation allowing charter schools.
A year after the law passed, City Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota became the first charter school to open its doors in the United States.
Milo Cutter, the director at City Academy and one of its founders, says the idea to start the school originated with the students.
“The reason we started the school was because while working with the students, we heard that schools were too big and they felt lost,” Cutter said.
A 2015 study from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, titled A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities, reported, “Charter schools are the fastest-growing choice option in U.S. public education. Over the past five years, student enrollment in charter public schools has grown by 62 percent. In 43 states and the District of Columbia, more than 2.9 million students now attend charter schools—which is more than six percent of the...
Candidates running for spots on the Republican ticket in North Dakota this election season are using anti-Common Core (CC) rhetoric to woo voters.
Leah Peterson, a member of Stop Common Core North Dakota, says opposition to Common Core was a prevalent message from would-be candidates at the North Dakota Republican Convention this year.
“I was there. We had many anti-CC activists lined up to be delegates,” Peterson said. “This is ultimately what put the gears in motion to come out against Common...
Teachers unions and public school board members have combined their efforts in an all-out campaign to block and eliminate charter schools in the City of Los Angeles, by engaging in “walk-ins” and public outrage campaigns against school choice.
Los Angeles charter school advocates recently outlined plans to enroll half of the district’s students in charter schools by 2023. To show their opposition to the proposal to expand charter school programs, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)...