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School Choice

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 to the disadvantaged and our mission was to fight for the underdog and always work to ensure equal opportunities for all.
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School Choice

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 best educational options and push the school of choice movement forward, the decision of where to send your student can be a tricky one. Parents have to decide between the local public school, fancy private institutions, online schools, charter schools, even homeschooling is a popular choice. So why should you decide to send your child to a charter school?
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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 blog will focus on charter schools. Not why parents choose charter schools in general, which has been the topic of many blogs, but which factors parents take into account when selecting a specific charter school for their child.
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School Choice

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 school districts, students are still assigned their school by where they live.
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School Choice

The Fight For Funding: K-12 Students Caught In The Middle

On October 17, 2016, the California Third District Court of Appeal released a decision (reversing a previous decision) that makes many non-classroom-based charter school resource centers located outside the boundaries of the authorizing school district illegal (Anderson Union High School District v. Shasta Secondary Home School, Case No. C07849). This decision was in response to ongoing litigation between a school district and charter school in Shasta County, CA, and could have a devastating effect on school choice and particularly blended and hybrid learning in California.
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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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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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School Choice

Be Open: Plan A Doesn't Always Work

Dr. Jessica Spallino’s blog The Emerging Doctrine of Schoolism illustrated how prejudice can get in the way of progress and can lead to elitism. This is true whether it's trying to find a job, run a school, or do pretty much anything in life. We live in an era of strong, polarizing opinions that often force us into stereotypical groups.
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School Choice

The Emerging Doctrine of Schoolism

Today’s educational landscape is as diverse as ever and as new schools continue to emerge, so does the push against the traditional notion of schooling. At times this can be a harmonious flow and yet at others, it can create a competitive environment in a market that wasn’t necessarily built on opposition. 
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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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