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Change is Shorthand for Opportunity in Education (Repost)

“Change is shorthand for opportunity. You’ll get extinguished if you think you will not have to change.” 
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School Choice

How to Select the Right Charter School for Your Child

My daughter attended charter schools throughout her entire education, grades K-12th, as I was looking for something different than her assigned public school. As a parent and director of charter schools, I have found that charter schools may not be for every student. Some students prefer and do very well in a traditional school setting. However, if a parent and student do find themselves looking for an alternative educational experience and have turned to charter schools, the following might be good to look into when doing so as it helped me in my search:
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Traditional School

Can Charter Schools And School Districts Coexist?

California charter school enrollment is on the rise. As demand rises, charter schools are popping up all over Southern California. Depending on who you ask, this is either a dream or a nightmare. In fact, some school districts have resorted to legal action to stop charter school expansion. Because charter schools don't typically have access to comparable legal and financial resources, these lawsuits can be devastating. 
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Charter Schools

Same Goals: School Districts And Charter Schools Can Get Along

Years ago during one of the first course meetings of my administrative credential program, the professor discussed the importance of relationships. She explained that if there was one single thing to take away from the entire program, it would be the impact of successful relationships. I can remember sitting there that evening and many afterwards thinking to myself  “I enrolled in this program only to hear each week about something as basic as relationships?"
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quality schools

Are Charter Schools Effective?

The performance of charter schools has been a topic of much debate in education since the first charter school opened its doors in 1992. Typically, the loudest voices for or against charters have come from the education leaders and the schools themselves. Basically, those with the most to gain - or lose - seem to have the loudest opinions. Regardless, it's hard to ignore that charter schools have disrupted the status quo in K-12 education, and there's no sign of charter school growth slowing. It seems that people can't get enough of choice when it comes to their childrens' educations. 
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School Choice

6 Charter School Myths That Need To Go Away

As the school choice movement gains momentum nationwide, charter schools are becoming mainstream in education. Charter schools-- which are publicly funded independent schools-- often have greater operational freedom than traditional public schools. The flexibility given to charter schools comes at a price; namely, increased accountability for performance. While increasingly more parents are choosing charter schools for their children, there are still many myths regarding school choice-- and charter schools in particular-- that continue to circulate but need to just go away. Let's discuss six of the most common myths and the truth behind the misconceptions:
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School Choice

How To Stop Charter Schools From Growing

The Growth of Charter Schools Yep...charter schools are popping up like crazy all over the country, and particularly in California (see one of our previous blogs on this subject  here). It's true - more and more California families are choosing charter schools. From experience and research, it's probably due to a combination of factors, such as:
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curriculum

Southern California Charter Schools Use Local Resources

Southern California charter schools can use local resources to supplement the textbooks. California is full of opportunities -- historical sites, zoos, public gardens, museums. While mainstream schools unfortunately don't have the time or budget for field trips, for a student pursuing a non-traditional path to education, it is foolish to ignore these resources.
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Charter Schools

The Los Angeles Charter School Expansion Plan

Charter organization and their benefactors are aiming to ramp-up the number of charter schools within the next eight years. If they meet their goal, the number of students enrolled in charter schools would reach 300,000; that is more than twice as many as any other district in the U.S. 
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Charter Schools

Change is Shorthand for Opportunity in Education

 
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