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Thanks to Supporters of School Choice Like You, California AB 1316 is Dead

As noted earlier, California Assembly Bill 1316 (AB 1316) would have had a tremendously negative impact on charter school students in our state, including our own Method students and families. But thanks to thousands of California families and organizations who believe parents should have a say in where their child attends school, AB 1316 is dead. 
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School Choice

Statement on California Assembly Bill 1316

California Assembly Bill 1316 (AB 1316) will have a tremendously negative impact on charter school students in our state, including our own Method students and families. In recent years, various bills have been introduced and passed that have severely impacted and limited our ability to serve students. AB 1316 is undoubtedly the biggest attack on charter schools - and school choice for families - since the inception of charter schools through the Charter Schools Act of 1992. Assembly Bill 1316 further entrenches the "education based on zip code, not by choice" mentality in California. It also perpetuates harmful myths about charter schools - and particularly non-classroom based schools.
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School Choice

District v Charter: Two Solutions For California's Public School Turf Wars

Now that some of the dust has settled on the worst California legislative session imaginable for school choice proponents, maybe it's time to talk actual solutions rather than bills that put politics first and hurt students by eliminating options and educational freedom. I spent 14 years at a school district, mainly in a business capacity. I started in the district warehouse, graduated from college, and moved up into the finance department. Graduated again, moved up to a better position in the finance department. My educational background is actually in marketing, and during this time I moonlighted as a marketing consultant for mostly education clients but also a pizza restaurant, where, yes, I was paid in free pizza and the best board room imaginable to meet with clients at night and sometimes on weekends. Best client ever, by the way. Thanks always to my buddy from Boston Nicola DellaCioppa! 
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School Choice

Why We Need School Choice

Your child’s education is likely one of your top priorities as a parent. But unfortunately, the amount of control you have over your child’s education can largely depend on where you live. Traditionally, where you send your child to school is dictated by schools assigned to you based on the neighborhood boundaries you live within. Where school district lines are drawn can divide communities in half, and where your home is located can determine the quality of education your child receives. Even if you live right on the border of a school district, you may be forced to send your child to an undesirable school. Even worse, your child's grades may start to suffer because they are not receiving the care and attention they need. 
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Online Learning

Even in Virtual Schools, Teachers Make the Difference

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 to how students are taught in recent years, schools operate in relatively the same way as 100 years ago. But change is accelerating due to the proliferation of school choice, online learning, and other technology advances.
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Small Class Sizes

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 demonstrate work completed and academic progress.
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School Choice

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 choice for K-12 families. And sadly, a small percentage of charter operators have acted unethically and illegally. 
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School Choice

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 neighborhoods.
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Method Schools

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 and changing academic standards, politicians, and now, charter schools. But charter schools aren't why school districts are losing revenues. It's the fact families choose charter schools. That's a distinction that districts should focus energy on.
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