Charters in the News

More reasons to support Utah charter schools

Deseret News columnist and charter school advocate Dan Liljenquist detailed many of the reasons he and his family love charter schools. Among other things, he notes, Seventeen years into the Utah charter school “experiment,” demand for public charter schools as an alternative to neighborhood public schools is at an all time high. Public charter schools are […]

Charter School of the Week: North Davis Preparatory Academy

For the week of May 18, 2015, North Davis Preparatory Academy (NDPA) is UAPCS’ charter school of the week. NDPA recently became the first Utah school to receive the prestigious “Colegio del Año” (School of the Year) from the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in the United States. The award recognizes NDPA’s excellence in “Content […]

Shedding some light on the impact of charter schools

Over the weekend a well-meaning teacher from the Salt Lake School District, Miriam Bugden, published an article in the Salt Lake Tribune with some inaccuracies about Utah charter schools. Because inaccuracies like hers are too often believed, UAPCS wanted to let a little light in. First, Ms. Bugden seems to think charter schools are not […]

The Great Charter School Debate

There are now more than 6,400 charter schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Independently run but publicly financed, charters are still a small percentage of the nation’s nearly 100,000 public schools, but they’re popular. Americans are twice as likely to hold a favorable view of charter schools as not, even though their […]

April 9th – Charters in the news across the country

Too Much Left to Chance (Op-Ed)* U.S. News And World Report In too many states, however, artificial caps on the number of charter schools are re-injecting the element of chance into education. Currently there are around 1 million student names on charter school wait lists across the country. Wait lists are developed when a charter […]

March 30th – Charter News Across the Country!

NEWS ROUNDUP Who will operate charter schools in Birmingham?* (AL) Birmingham Business Journal “Birmingham should look at this from two directions: identifying national charter school providers but also putting a strong emphasis on starting its own schools locally,” said Todd Ziebarth, senior policy director at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. “Working with the […]

Charter News Around the Country

Alabama Governor Signs Measure to Allow Charter Schools* Education Week Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed legislation Thursday afternoon that will allow charter schools to open in the state after a years-long effort to get legislative approval for the publicly funded schools that operate without many of the regulations that govern regular public schools. Alabama joins […]

Charter Day on the Hill a SMASHING SUCCESS

On Friday, January 30 more than 500 charter school teachers, administrators, students and supporters packed the Capitol Rotunda to celebrate the great work going on in Utah charter schools. Governor Gary R. Herbert spoke and mingled with the throng, and members of the House and Senate took time to visit with Utah’s charter school supporters. In Governor […]

Protecting Charter School’s October 1 Funding Count

As we have said many times over the past several months, protecting the October 1 funding count is one of the two highest priorities for UAPCS. Throughout the first two weeks of the Legislature’s General Session, we have been working with the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee (Public Ed Approps) to make sure that happens; yesterday we […]

President Niederhauser Pushing Program to Help Turn Around Schools

Following the advent of “School Grading,” some Utah charter schools worried that these grades would become virtual clubs to beat up schools that didn’t fare well. Recent statements and proposals from members of the State Charter School Board and the USOE’s Charter School Office reinforced some of those worries. Fortunately yesterday Senate President Niederhauser told UAPCS that […]