ON-Lion Letter
In mid-May, the Center for Education Reform (CER) in Washington, D.C., honored 53 of the best charter schools in the United States as part of its 2007 National Charter School of the Year program.  Chosen from among the nation's 3,490 charter schools for their achievement, innovation, and accountability, the recognized schools are in 24 states.

All charter schools in America, which now collectively enroll more than 1.16 million students in 40 states and the District of Columbia, were eligible for the honor.  The selection process began in Fall 2006, when all schools were asked to respond to CER's annual survey.  A small percentage of school
respondents were then invited to submit more-detailed information for CER's consideration.

"We commend all of the honorees for their achievement," CER founder and president Jeanne Allen said.  "They are among the vanguard of a school-choice movement that provides more than one million children an educational opportunity that might otherwise be unavailable."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee provides support to CER.
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