Understanding Charters, AGAIN.

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With the new administration beginning to get comfortable in New York City, an increase in polarizing comments being slung between charter advocates and unionized public school advocates has taken to the airwaves. This is getting tiring. This is a time when school leaders and the talented teachers who work in New York City should be… Read more »

More Common Core Myths to Bust

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I was having an email exchange with a very dear friend in Albany, and the conversation invariably turned to issues with the Common Core. My friend was telling me about how at a staff meeting a co-worker was going on and on about this whole conspiracy entrenched in the standards- from data mining to mind… Read more »

Let’s Get a Grant!

Posted by & filed under Financial Operations, Grants and Development.

Have you ever been in this situation? You and your board of trustees are discussing implementing a program that would benefit your students, but funds are unavailable and someone suddenly suggests, “Let’s write a grant!” This scenario happens frequently. And, although grants are a great source of funding, getting a grant is a difficult way… Read more »

The Budget Supports the Mission: Make it Work for You!

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As the end of the fiscal year quickly approaches, many school leaders are evaluating their current year’s budget and planning for the upcoming school year.  This is a good time to consider two important factors.  First, how well did your budget work throughout this year?  Secondly, how do you develop a comprehensive budget that will… Read more »

Make Us or Break Us: Why Finance Gurus are Needed (Or Should Be Grown) In Every Indie Charter School

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“Do what you love and the money will come…”—this is not always the case for independent charter schools.Charter schools rarely fail because they chose a bad curriculum or professional development system or families just didn’t like what they do; a majority fail due to financial issues that include a lack of cash flow, a lack… Read more »