March 2021

Announcing the CharterFolk of the Year Award

Good morning, CharterFolk. Today, we have fun news to share. Over the past 10 months, CharterFolk has profiled the work of 30 CharterFolk X – extraordinary people making extraordinary contributions to the national charter school movement. CharterFolk Extraordinaire 2020-21 Profiles of the 30 CharterFolk X leaders who have been recognized this year can be found

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CharterFolk X, Vol 30 – Kathleen Hermsmeyer, Forging Different Pathways for Serving Kids and Families and Communities

Good morning, CharterFolk. Today we are pleased to recognize Kathleen Hermsmeyer, CEO of Springs Charter Schools, as CharterFolk Extraordinaire. Kathleen has worked at Springs Charter Schools since the organization’s founding more than 15 years ago. Started as a single school by parents in the Inland Empire seeking instructional approaches different from those found in traditional

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Superintendents Who Walk Away; Marten and the Anti-Charter Tax; The Four Building Blocks that Drive Narrative

Good morning CharterFolk. What a great response to Laura McGowan-Robinson’s Contributor Column yesterday! Another big thanks to Laura for offering such a great post. I’m also very excited about a bunch of new complimentary subscribers coming into the community. Welcome! We’re getting darn close to a thousand readers here at CharterFolk. If anyone knows of

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CharterFolk X Vol 29, Dr. Blondean Davis – Taking Inspiration from Her Mother to Release Potential and Possibility in All Students

Good morning, CharterFolk. Today it is our honor to recognize Dr. Blondean Davis, CEO of Southland College Preparatory Charter High School and Superintendent of Matteson School District 162 in Richton Park Illinois, as CharterFolk Extraordinaire. At the ripe-old age of three, Dr. Davis declared that her life’s calling was to become an educator. She had

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Playground Politics – How Up Became Down and What We Do About It

Good morning, CharterFolk. I’m encouraged by the latest news out of West Virginia. The offending language about special education and accountability that I wrote about recently has been removed, which means the bill represents an important step forward for school choice in a state that badly needs it. Many thanks to various people and organizations

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