Part I of this series examined the implementation work that has happened in Maine since the passage of its public charter school law through the authorization of its first group of public charter schools. Today's blog looks at the preparation to open these first charter schools.
It’s been exhilarating and exhausting for the past several months. Once the enabling law was passed, we thought the going would get easier. And, indeed, the formation of the new state charter authorizing commission and the critical work of the staff at the Maine Department of Education has meant that implementation of the bill is really happening.
The op-ed excerpted below originally ran in the L.A. Times on August 30, 2012. It is simply absurd to suggest, as anAug. 28 Times article summarizes a study as reporting, that California charter schools are "placing an ever-greater burden on taxpayers, who must fund an already strained public education system."
After eight years of involvement with charter schools, I think I have learned one truth above others—it is incredibly difficult to start a charter school. I have heard more than once over the past year from people who want to start charter schools. They are uniformly enthusiastic and are eager, no, desperate for any piece of advice I can offer as someone who has managed to start a grassroots...
The idea for South City Preparatory Academy was born from seeing evidence of great urban charter schools throughout our country. Over the course of several years, I had the opportunity to visit amazing charter schools like Boston Collegiate, Academy of the Pacific Rim, Roxbury Prep and schools in the KIPP, Uncommon Schools, Achievement First, and Noble Street networks. These schools changed my...
In 2011, my husband, an Episcopal priest, was called to a church in Atlanta, GA. The two biggest decisions facing us were – where should we live and where will we send our son, Charles to school? My husband and I had lived in Atlanta from 2001-2006 before coming to D.C., so we knew a good deal about the different neighborhoods in Atlanta, but so much had changed while we were gone. And while I...
The state that brought the world Starbucks, Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has not exactly been leading the charge on innovative educational practices. When it comes to education reform, Washington has basically been a status quo heaven state.
Recently, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed SB 576, expanding access to charter schools in the state of Missouri while increasing the accountability of charter schools and their sponsors. This legislation will provide more families across the state access to quality charter schools held accountable to high standards of academic performance and operational management.
Newsweek Magazine’s recent 2012 ranking of “The Best High Schools in America” seeks to identify the nation's top public high schools based on which schools best prepare students for college. Newsweek selects 1,000 schools from more than 22,000 contenders—roughly, the top 5%.
This excerpted blog by Michael Lomax was originally run by Education Week and published online on June 25, 2012.