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The Charter Blog

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Roses in Concrete

September 04, 2015 | by National Alliance |

When East Oakland High School suddenly closed its doors in 2007, Jeff Duncan-Andrade, along with a few of his former students, hoped for the opportunity to build new and innovative education options for public school students in Oakland. As a public school teacher in Oakland and an Ethnic Studies professor that has worked with teachers, school leaders and district officials around the world for...

Rebecca Halonen and Angela Pinholster, Create Academy

September 03, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Creativity and ingenuity have helped drive success within the charter movement. Across the country, students are offered unique and innovative choices in education that equip them with the fundamental skills necessary to excel academically. Among the many unique schools opening this fall is the Create Academy charter school in Phoenix, AZ., which will offer arts-integrated, project –based...

Brenda McDonald, PRIDE Prep School of Technology and Science

September 02, 2015 | by National Alliance |

This August, Brenda McDonald will partner with the Spokane School District to open PRIDE Prep School of Technology and Science in Spokane, Washington. Brenda grew up in the Spokane Public School system and her dedication to public education proudly follows the footsteps of her father who is finishing his 56th year as an educator.  

Congressman Scalise Visits New Orleans Charter School

September 01, 2015 | by Kim McCabe |

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise visited Edward Hynes Charter School in New Orleans.

Beth Anderson, Phoenix Charter Academy Network

September 01, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Phoenix Charter Academy Network is the only charter alternative school network of charter schools in all of Massachusetts serving high-risk young adults, many of whom have dropped out of traditional public high schools, with the goal of getting them to and through college. This fall, Phoenix will open the doors of its three high schools in Chelsea, Lawrence and Springfield to over 500...

Adel Sefrioui, Excel Public Charter School

August 31, 2015 | by National Alliance |

According to the State of Washington, by 2017 approximately 30,000 jobs in the state will go unfilled by Washington’s own students due to lack of qualified STEM candidates. Last year, only 12 African-American students in the entire state took the AP computer-science exam. Recognizing the abundant job opportunities available in Washington and the lack of minority students pursuing STEM...

Nathan Kalasho, KEYS GRACE ACADEMY Charter School

August 28, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Not many school leaders in the country can say that their school was created to focus on and preserve the Chaldean, Assyrian and Syriac cultures. Nathan Kalasho may be one of the few, if not the only one altogether. The child of two long-time public school educators who immigrated to the United States in the 70s, Nathan understood from a very early age the importance of education in diverse...

Arlena Ford, Aspire Richmond Technology Academy

August 27, 2015 | by National Alliance |

This fall, nearly 300 Bay Area students have started learning at the new tech-focused Aspire Richmond Technology Academy, a public charter school serving kindergarten through fifth grade. This new school, launched by founding Principal Arlena Ford as part of Aspire Public Schools, offers innovative and independent learning through cutting-edge technology. 

Robyn Viloria Wiens, Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls

August 26, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Across the country, less than 20 percent of those who received computer science degree are women. The number of minority students with STEM degrees is even lower: eight and nine percent respectively for black and Hispanic students. Robyn Viloria Wiens, Ed.D, is all too aware of this gender and ethnic gap. That’s why this fall, armed with experience from her time a public school educator in...

Kathryn Rice, Baton Rouge College Preparatory Charter School

August 25, 2015 | by National Alliance |

This August, Kathryn Rice will launch the new Baton Rouge College Preparatory Charter School for fifth and sixth grade students. Coming out of the Building Excellent Schools program, Ms. Rice will serve as School Director, bringing many years of experience as an educator to her new role. Working as a public school educator for over a decade in the greater Baton Rouge area, Ms. Rice has...

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