Affiliates' Blog

By Alan Wohlstetter

It’s All About The Benjamins: Grants for Financing Quality Charter Schools

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Federal Efforts to Reduce Borrowing Costs for Financing the Construction of Charter Schools.The Every Student Succeeds Act, enacted in 2015, authorizes the U.S. Department of Education to create an office […]

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By Alan Wohlstetter

Best Practices in Continuing Disclosure

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Based upon the work of leaders in the Charter School finance community, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts issued its  Recommended Best Practices in Disclosure for Charter School Debt Offerings on March 20, […]

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By Alan Wohlstetter

Protecting your Charter School Investment

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The Growth of Charter Schools. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, there are more than 6,900 charter schools enrolling an estimated 3.1 million students.  Enrollment has tripled […]

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By Alan Wohlstetter

SECRETARY DEVOS AND VOUCHERS: What Lies Ahead

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Educational Affiliations of Secretary DeVos. One reason Secretary DeVos is likely to push voucher programs at the Federal level because she attended religious private schools in Michigan for her entire education: […]

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By Alan Wohlstetter

Charter School Investor

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Federal Roundup  The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos of Michigan as the U.S. Education Secretary. The vote was 50-50, with Vice President Pence breaking the tie to confirm […]

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By Alan Wohlstetter

Pennsylvania Public Education Funding Update

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

PROPOSED LEGISLATION IN PENNSYLVANIA AFFECTING PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING      Special Education Funding for Charter Schools.  Senate Bill 198 would change the “one size fits all” funding for special education students at […]

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By Dr. York Williams

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Special Education

Friday, November 11th, 2016

For educators, culturally responsive teaching entails an understanding of the unique role that “the learning disability” and ability plays in the lives of students who are eligible for special education, […]

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By Alan Wohlstetter

State Intercepts for Charter School Bonds in Colorado, Pennsylvania and California

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Colorado Intercept Statute Protects Charter School Bondholders. The State of Colorado provides charter school funding to schools districts, which in turn provide funding to charter schools through per pupil payments.  […]

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By Alan Wohlstetter

Charter School Investor

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

  “Just do it!”  “Recommend it!” “Get it!” These are comments from Board members of charter schools recently receiving Board Training from The School Improvement Partnership team.  The four-hour training covered topics […]

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By Alan Wohlstetter

Charter School Investor

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Philadelphia School district accepting new charter applications.  For the third consecutive year, the School District of Philadelphia is accepting applications for new charter schools.  In 2014, 40 such applications were […]

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