In Wine Country, a Sideways “Charter School”

As “Waiting for Superman” shines a bright spotlight on successful charter schools, some newspaper coverage out of Sonoma County, California reminds us again that “charter school” doesn’t mean the same thing everywhere.As the Press Democrat reports, the new charter school in rural Petaluma isn’t trying to offer up an innovative…

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Meet Our 2010-11 Incubators

Today we welcomed our new charter school incubators for 2010-11. The Incubation Program is part of our New School Institute, which provides trainings, workshops, and support to start-up teams throughout every stage of the charter start-up process. Program participants have access to office space, computers, telephones, storage, and meeting facilities…

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Why Teachers Need to See Waiting for Superman

I finally got a chance to see Waiting for Superman; it lived up to its hype. There’s not much to add about the film’s emotional punch. The portraits of the individual children and their parents are heart-rending. And the consequences of failure at a national level are laid out with…

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The Polls Are In…NYC Residents Say “Yes” to Charter Schools

With all the insiders’ debate over the merits of charter schools, we often forget to ask what ordinary New Yorkers think.† A recent poll of NYC residents by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion and the New York Daily News provides some evidence: two out of three New Yorkers say…

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