Back to the Roots of Independent Study Public Charter Schools

I've worked in the independent study public charter school space since 1999 back when they were far more utilitarian than they have become today. There were no funds for families to spend, no selecting and purchasing preferred curriculum, and no desire for freedom from the requirement to...

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Introducing Our New Transparency Web Page

Charter schools are the only mechanism for free educational choice in California and most states. However, rapid expansion due to parents choosing charter schools has created growing pains. Some laws are vague and others are clearly intended to damage charters and, in doing so, educational...

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The Negative Cycle of Student Immobilization

During a time of heated intolerance of public charter schools, we are reminded of those who ultimately suffer the consequences of limited school choice. The potential decline of school choice due to struggles over student revenue are sharpening the impact on those trapped in the poorest of...

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We Don't Cut Corners: Quality, Ethics and Choice in California Public Education

As a charter school today it feels like we're fighting a battle on two fronts. The first is well-known: traditionalists who are against individual choice in education. Everyone needs a boogeyman, and for public education it's been things like perceived lack of funding, the digital divide, new...

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The Disenfranchising of California Families

I grew up in a strict Democratic household. So severe in fact, that anyone who did not share the same beliefs was left to feel moderately or even extremely uncomfortable in our home. We represented the working class and with my father as an impassioned union steward, we closely aligned ourselves...

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Teacher Is Still King Today

I'm not a teacher. I've never been a teacher. But this is my 20th year in K-12 education in finance, marketing, and product development, and I've had some thoughts lately about how education has changed in my time and what it will look like in the near future. While there have been some changes...

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5 Great Benefits of Attending a California Charter School

It's a new year, and it's a great time to discuss school choice and specifically some of the many benefits of choosing a charter school for your child. We know that in Southern California parents have many options when it comes to your child's education. As communities continue to strive for the...

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Top Four Reasons Parents Choose a Specific Charter School

 
 
"If you build it, they will come."
 

Not necessarily! I used to think that this phrase from one of my favorite movies applied when it came to building and marketing schools to K-12 families. Today, not so much. Parents have so many new and exciting school options to choose from. This...

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Why We Need School Choice

Your child’s education is obviously one of your top priorities as a parent. But, the amount of control you have over your child’s education depends predominately on where you live. Traditionally, where you send your child to school rests solely in the hands of the government. Where school...

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Adopting A Customer Centric Focus In K-12 Education

One of the most entrenched beliefs in K-12 education is that students are assigned where to go to school based on where they live. The zip code lottery as it’s sometimes put. Perhaps it’s so entrenched because it’s been that way for over a hundred years. Or, it could be because when it comes to...

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