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Articles, questions and answers about charter schools which are independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance. The "charter" establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, students served, performance goals, and methods of assessment.

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  • It’s National School Choice Week! Here’s What Everyone’s Celebrating

    This week, parents, educators, organizations, and schools are raising awareness about school choice. More than 16,000 events can help you find out about all of the educational options that are available where you live.

  • Philadelphia's Trouble with Outsourcing Substitute Teachers

    The School District of Philadelphia has outsourced substitute teaching services to a private company to cut costs, but still struggles to fill absentee openings. Learn why this deal isn’t helping kids get a better education.

  • Solutions to the Achievement Gap — According to Teachers

    Sarah Rivera reports on the socioeconomic achievement gap and examines how teachers and administrators address the issue in their own schools.

  • Why Seattle and New Orleans May Help Decide the Future of Charter Schools in America

    Debates surrounding charter schools rage on across the country. Read about continuing tensions in Seattle, where the charter movement has just begun, and in New Orleans, where it has been a strong presence for more than ten years.

  • Kids in Charge: Are Student-Led Schools a Recipe for Disaster or Success?

    Student-led schools come in different shapes and sizes, but most of them share one thing in common: They’re particularly adaptable to your child’s learning interests. Take a look at Noodle Expert Amanda Ronan’s guide to decide whether one of these alternative-ed models is right for your family.

  • Why Parental Involvement Is the Most Important Part of a Child’s Education [Opinion]

    How important is parental involvement in a child’s overall academic achievement? Dr. Marco Clark, a seasoned educator, weighs in on the debate, arguing for a high support level.

  • More Power to the Parents: The Parent Power Index

    All parents want their children to attend excellent schools — but not all families have access to the types of learning environments they would like. Learn how the Parent Power Index is putting information into parents’ hands so they can make the best education decisions for their children.

  • Innovative Educators: Hilary Lewis

    We’ve all been shaped by teachers who, for whatever reason, transformed our educational paths. Read about Hilary Lewis, the Dean of Students and Families at Excellence Girls charter school and one of these extraordinary leaders in Noodle’s Spotlight Series on Innovative Educators.

  • 2015 School Choice Series: Pacific States

    Noodle’s 2015 series provides a state-by-state overview of school choice options. In this article, you'll find descriptions of the available options in each of the Pacific states, relevant state and regional news items and debates, and resources for further research.

  • 2015 School Choice Series: Mountain States

    Noodle’s 2015 series provides a state-by-state overview of school choice options. In this article, you'll find descriptions of the available options in each of the Mountain states, relevant state and regional news items and debates, and resources for further research.

  • 2015 School Choice Series: West South Central

    Noodle’s 2015 series provides a state-by-state overview of school choice options. In this article, you'll find descriptions of the available options in each of the Gulf (West South Central) states, relevant state and regional news items and debates, and resources for further research.

  • 2015 School Choice Series: East South Central

    Noodle’s 2015 series provides a state-by-state overview of school choice options. In this article, you'll find descriptions of the available options in each of the East South Central states, relevant state and regional news items and debates, and resources for further research.

  • 2015 School Choice Series: South Atlantic

    Noodle’s 2015 series provides a state-by-state overview of school choice options. In this article, you'll find descriptions of the available options in each of the South Atlantic states, relevant state and regional news items and debates, and resources for further research.

  • 2015 School Choice Series: The Midwest (West North Central)

    Noodle’s 2015 series provides a state-by-state overview of school choice options. In this article, you'll find descriptions of the available options in each of the West North Central states, relevant state and regional news items and debates, and resources for further research.

  • 2015 School Choice Series: The Midwest (East North Central)

    Noodle’s 2015 series provides a state-by-state overview of school choice options. In this article, you'll find descriptions of the available options in each of the East North Central states, relevant state and regional news items and debates, and resources for further research.