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CSDC Receives Generous Support from the Walton Family FoundationOctober 24, 2014

The Charter Schools Development Corporation (CSDC) is pleased to announce that the Walton Family Foundation awarded the organization with a $5.6 million investment that will expand the facilities support the organization provides to charter schools serving low-income children.

CSDC Receives "Award of Excellence"October 04, 2013

The Charles A. Tindley Preparatory Academy opened in August 2012 in a state-of-the-art facility developed by CSDC that was recently recognized for its innovative and safe design.

CSDC Congratulates the International Spanish Language Academy (ISLA)October 01, 2013

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the International Spanish Language Academy (ISLA) as one of the 2013 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools. ISLA joins a group of 286 schools chosen based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement.

CSDC Creates New Model on Joint Base AndrewsJanuary 18, 2013

Students at Imagine Andrews welcomed distiguished guests and visitors on Jan. 14, 2013 to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their newly opened public charter school developed by CSDC on Joint Base Andrews, Md.

CSDC Celebrates National School Choice WeekJanuary 15, 2013

National School Choice Week 2013 takes place January 27 - February 2 and will feature 3,500 independently-planned special events across all 50 states.

CSDC Hosts DC Book Launch for Zero Chance of PassageOctober 15, 2012

With the nation's Capitol as the backdrop, national and local pioneers of chartering gathered to support author and CSDC Board Vice Chair Ember Reichgott Junge at the DC launch of her book "Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story."

CSDC Celebrates and Supports Charter Schools as The Movement Turns 20!October 03, 2012

For two decades, public charter schools have been transforming American K-12 education by showing what is possible and creating an ideal for all schools to strive for. Through their charter agreements, they have greater flexibility to innovate in exchange for greater accountability for student achievement.

CSDC Board Vice Chair Ember Reichgott Junge guest blogs for Clinton FoundationSeptember 07, 2012

Ember Reichgott Junge, CSDC Board Vice Chair and author of the book "Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story," celebrates the 20th anniversary of the opening of the first chartered school in the nation in a blog for the Clinton Foundation.

CSDC Receives Maximum Capital Award From CDFI FundAugust 07, 2012

CSDC is honored to receive a $1,453,806 Financial Assistance award from the CDFI Fund. The award will be used to leverage new capital for CSDC's Mountain West Charter Schools Fund and provide expanded financial products and services to charter school organizations in economically distressed communities in that region.

Johns Hopkins University Sponsors 2-Day Conference on Charter SchoolsAugust 03, 2012

Ember Reichgott Junge, CSDC Board Vice Chair and author of the book "Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story," speaks at Johns Hopkins University's School of Education.

Whose Buildings Are They Anyway?July 17, 2012

In this very well researched article appearing in the Fall edition of "Education Next," Nelson Smith makes a compelling argument on why charter school capital financing and the "facilities challenge" continue to be the major obstacles constraining charter school growth nationwide.

Former Michigan Governor John Engler Recognized for his Contributions to Education ReformMay 23, 2012

The Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University (CMU) renamed the Governor John M. Engler Center for Charter Schools in honor of the former Governor, whose leadership in the state created superior charter schools and widespread public support for reform. CMU – the largest authorizer of charter schools in Michigan - is also recognied as the "gold standard of authorizers" in the nation.

CSDC Receives Grant from Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network’s “Create Jobs for USA” InitiativeApril 27, 2012

CSDC is honored to participate in the Create Jobs for USA program. The grant award will be used to make loans to charter school organizations spurring job creation, expanding educational opportunities for children and attracting additional investment for surrounding economic development.

A Sneak Peek into the Origins of the Charter School MovementApril 25, 2012

Education Week reporter Sean Cavanagh discusses "Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story," in his daily blog. The new book, written by CSDC Board Vice-Chair Ember Reichgott Junge and co-published by CSDC, will be released next month.

Google Offers and Banana Republic Announce New Partnership to help “Create Jobs for USA”April 03, 2012

Starbucks and the Opportunity Finance Network® announce new partnerships with Google Offers and Banana Republic to support Create Jobs for USA Fund.

CSDC to Present "All About Facilities" WorkshopJanuary 11, 2012

CSDC will be conducting a workshop focused on the various options available to Arizona charter schools for acquiring, developing/building and financing a facility over the "life cycle" of a school, from newly chartered to fully enrolled, as well as replication and expansion to serve additional grades or sites.

CSDC Honored with Wachovia Wells Fargo NEXT AwardNovember 18, 2011

CSDC wins the 2011 Wachovia Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance and a $25,000 grant for "demonstrated excellence in financing" at the Annual Opportunity Finance Network Conference on November 15th in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Starbucks and OFN Launch Create Jobs for USANovember 07, 2011

Starbucks and the Opportunity Finance Network® teamed up to launch Create Jobs for USA, an innovative new grant program aimed at creating and preserving American jobs. CSDC has been invited to apply for a grant.

College and careers come to AnacostiaOctober 27, 2011

Tom Nida, CSDC Board Chair, reflects on the decline and resurgence of his alma mater in Washington, DC.

CSDC Board Vice-Chair to Salute 20 Years of Charters in MinnesotaOctober 19, 2011

Ember Reichgott Junge will deliver the keynote address at the Minnesota Charter School Conference on November 3, 2011.

Academic Achievement in ArizonaOctober 19, 2011

CSDC congratulates client charter schools in Arizona for earning top grades from the Arizona Department of Education

CSDC named Finalist for Wachovia Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity FinanceOctober 18, 2011

CSDC named Finalist for Wachovia Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance

CSDC Goes Back to School!September 19, 2011

CSDC Completes 21 more Charter Schools projects for the 2011-12 School Year

Two Roads Charter School moves into ideal location with the help of CSDCSeptember 14, 2011

Two Roads Charter School moves into ideal location with the help of CSDC

A Tipping Point for Democrats on EducationJuly 29, 2011

Alexander Ooms, CSDC Board member and Managing Partner at ClearCreek Partners, reflects on the evolution of education reform in Colorado.

Clinton Salutes Revolutionary LawmakerJuly 01, 2011

Former President Bill Clinton salutes CSDC Board Vice-Chair and former Minnesota State Senator Ember Riechgott Junge, who authored the country’s first charter school law.

A New Home in DCApril 08, 2011

The successful and expanding Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, which first opened in 'incubator space' in CSDC's Austin P. Frum Public Education Center, has purchase a new site which CSDC will develop as the school's permanent home.

Banking on Success in Baton RougeMarch 23, 2011

CSDC works with two Baton Rouge charters to convert a bank into a state-of-the-art school to get high schoolers college- and career-ready.

More Than Meets the EyeMarch 15, 2011

James Goenner, CSDC Board member and President and CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute, comments on the Detroit Charter Schools Plan.

Done DealMarch 07, 2011

Christianson & Company turns to CSDC to secure facilities financing for International Spanish Language Academy.

Ni Hao, Mr. PresidentJanuary 19, 2011

Students from CSDC client Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School meet President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

CSDC Approved for $2 Million in PRIOctober 21, 2010

CSDC has received approval for $2 million in Program Related Investments (PRI) from the Calvert Foundation and the Communities at Work Fund.

CSDC Launches IBBFOctober 04, 2010

CSDC has launched the Indianapolis Building Block Fund (IBBF), in partnership with the Indianapolis Mayor's Office, to provide credit enhancements to charter schools sponsored by the Mayor.

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