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School Choice

A Balanced Approach To The School Enrollment Process

The enrollment processes of charter schools and traditional public schools can be challenging to understand. With the era of school choice upon us, families can choose where they want their students to attend school. The archaic thinking that students should be assigned where to go to school based on where they live is a no longer sensible (was it ever?). For some reason, we've known for centuries that being assigned where to shop for goods shouldn't be determined by where we live, but for some reason it look us a long time to figure this out with education. However...that's another discussion for another day. 
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Innovation

It's Time To Stop Stifling Innovation In Education

I recently came across a very interesting series on Netflix that aired about a year ago on the National Geographic channel called “American Genius.” The episode that jumped out to me (now that we can choose what episodes we want to watch, even out of order) was “Wright Brothers vs. Curtis.” Rather than summarize it myself, here’s a summary from the National Geographic website:
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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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Project Based Learning

Why Choose a Charter School For Your Child?

 As the school choice movement grows in popularity across the country, parents are provided with increasingly more options when it comes to their children's education. Gone are the days when school choice meant deciding between the neighborhood public school and the often unaffordable local private school. Today, parents are considering a variety of schooling options, including charter schools, homeschooling, magnet schools, online schools, private schools, and traditional public schools. The school choice movement hasn't been without its critics, though, and the opponents of charter schools have been particularly vocal. These critics often accuse chart er schools of taking much-needed resources--- and students-- from traditional neighborhood schools. Yet, parents are still choosing to enroll their children in charter schools every day and the number of new charters across the country continues to grow. What is it about these publicly funded independent schools that attract parents and students alike? Below we will consider the benefits of charter schools:
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quality schools

Growth of Charter Schools in California

The number of charter schools in California has exploded in recent years, with nearly 1,200 open for the 2014-15 school year. In fact, from 1999 to today the number of charter schools in California has increased by more than 650%. The chart below shows just how dramatic the growth of charter schools in California has been:  
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