Posted on: by , Principal, New Dawn Charter High School .

Charter applicants work hard to submit an idea that can gain approval from their authorizer. It takes hours upon hours of meetings, and attending community meetings, getting the word out to different community groups, and then the submission dates for the application itself. After all of that work, so many

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Posted on: by , Assistant Professor, University of Memphis .

Since the first charter school was established in 1992, over 5,000 charter schools have opened and are still operating in 39 states (and the District of Columbia). Collectively, these schools have educated 1.54 million students (Center for Education Reform, 2010).  Now in their second decade, the demand for charter schools

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Posted on: by , Principal, New Dawn Charter High School .

Last week I talked about the years that it would take to generate an idea, find a group of people to work with, and go through the beginning steps in generating the outline of a school. I really want to reiterate to all of you the time factor. You cannot

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Posted on: by , Principal, New Dawn Charter High School .

Someone passed a comment to me the other day when I was talking about the possibility of opening up a charter school, “Oh, YOU can try to open a school, but getting things changed within our school district is IMPOSSIBLE!” I didn’t know whether to be angry or flattered, but

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