Covering Charter Schools at the 25-Year Mark

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Overview

Covering Charter Schools at the 25-Year Mark
Los Angeles • January 26–27, 2017

Journalist-only Seminar on Charter Schools.

Barely a day goes by that charter schools aren’t in the news somewhere. A quarter century after the first state law allowing charters was enacted, the sector has expanded to serve upwards of 2.5 million students in 43 states. With this growth has come increased attention —  and intense scrutiny.

How do key goals of charter advocates — whether choice and competition, improved student outcomes, or innovation — square with the reality today? What’s going right, what’s going wrong? In this EWA seminar for journalists, we examine some of the most pressing issues in charter schooling today, including academic achievement, access and equity, student segregation and diversity, innovation, discipline, special education, and teacher unionizing efforts. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the issues and context of charter schools, plus a wealth of story ideas to pursue.

This journalists-only seminar was held January 26 and 27 in Los Angeles, California.

Journalist-only Seminar on Charter Schools.

Barely a day goes by that charter schools aren’t in the news somewhere. A quarter century after the first state law allowing charters was enacted, the sector has expanded to serve upwards of 2.5 million students in 43 states. With this growth has come increased attention —  and intense scrutiny.

How do key goals of charter advocates — whether choice and competition, improved student outcomes, or innovation — square with the reality today? What’s going right, what’s going wrong? In this EWA seminar for journalists, we examine some of the most pressing issues in charter schooling today, including academic achievement, access and equity, student segregation and diversity, innovation, discipline, special education, and teacher unionizing efforts. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the issues and context of charter schools, plus a wealth of story ideas to pursue.

This journalists-only seminar was held January 26 and 27 in Los Angeles, California.

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Audrey was in the inaugural kindergarten class for the school’s bilingual program in 2011. She spent 80 percent of her day learning in Spanish that first year, though now Audrey speaks and hears mostly English in school.

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VIDEO: School Choice Policy & Politics in the Trump Era
Covering Charter Schools

What will President Trump and his administration mean for charter schools and school choice? Will the new president put political muscle behind his campaign pledge to create a new, $20 billion school choice program? How will the GOP-led Congress respond? What are the ramifications of key statewide elections, especially gains by Republicans and the defeat of a high-profile Massachusetts ballot measure to raise that state’s charter cap?

Information

Information for Charter Schools Seminar Attendees
Addresses, Hours & Logistics

Registration & Badge Pick Up

Thursday – Friday
Opens at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. on Friday.

Location
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Wallis Annenberg Hall
3502 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Badges are required to attend all seminar events and meals.

Session Location

Location
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
3502 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089