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Charter School Vulnerabilities To Waste, Fraud, and Abuse: Federal Charter School Spending, Insufficient Authorizer Oversight, and Poor State & Local Oversight Leads to Growing Fraud Problem in Charter Schools

Two years ago, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) issued a report demonstrating that charter schools in 15 states—about one-third of the states with charter schools—had experienced over $100...

05/31/2016 | Holding Charter Schools Accountable, Organizing for Education Justice

Community Schools Toolkit

This toolkit highlights particular programs and services that have been included in community schools, and consolidates some policy and outreach resources that can be helpful in advancing a community...

05/19/2016 | Advocating for Community Schools, Organizing for Education Justice

Community Schools: Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools

For at least a decade, the dominant idea about how to improve outcomes for children and youth has focused on control and compliance; holding adults accountable for raising test scores. This approach...

02/10/2016 | Center for Popular Democracy | Advocating for Community Schools, Organizing for Education Justice

Whose Opportunity? Profiting Off of School Turnaround and Takeover in Atlanta

The “Opportunity School District” (“OSD”) is a proposed, statewide takeover district that would allow the state to seize control of up to 100 “failing” schools for between five and 10 years. This is...

02/5/2016 | Holding Charter Schools Accountable, Organizing for Education Justice

State Takeovers of Low-Performing Schools: A Record of Academic Failure, Financial Mismanagement & Student Harm

Low-performing public schools have become a critical battleground between corporate-backed initiatives that remove local control of schools and favor the privatization of public education, and...

02/5/2016 | Organizing for Education Justice

System Failure: Louisiana's Broken Charter School Law

In the ten years since Hurricane Katrina, post-storm changes to the state’s charter school law have dramatically grown the number of charter schools in the state. Since 2005, charter school...

05/12/2015 | Holding Charter Schools Accountable, Organizing for Education Justice, Promoting Strong Public Schools

The Tip of the Iceberg: Charter School Vulnerabilities To Waste, Fraud, And Abuse

Escalating Fraud Warrants Immediate Federal and State Action to Protect Public Dollars and Prevent Financial Mismanagement

04/27/2015 | Holding Charter Schools Accountable, Organizing for Education Justice, Promoting Strong Public Schools

Risking Public Money: California Charter School Fraud

In 1992, California became the second state in the nation to pass legislation authorizing the creation of charter schools. Since the law’s passage, which originally authorized 100 charter schools,...

03/19/2015 | Holding Charter Schools Accountable, Organizing for Education Justice

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