October 2021

CharterFolk Contributor – Ron Rice, The Next Iteration of Charter Schools Will Be Intentional, Of Color and Community/Economically Empowering – Are You Ready? I Don’t Think You Are

Good morning, CharterFolk. Today it is our great pleasure to share with you a Contributor Column from Ron Rice, Senior Director-Government Relations at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. I provide a bio below. Ron C. Rice has over 15 years of public policy experience in the fields of education, urban development, and community

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What Dilapidated School Buildings and Unrequited Love Have in Common

Good morning, CharterFolk. Yesterday’s CharterFolk X column on Natasha Barriga highlighted a problem … … that has plagued our country for generations … … one that is becoming only more visible as the Covid crisis unfolds: The scourge of “dilapidated school buildings.” We see the phrase repeated so often in headlines … … you would

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CharterFolk X Vol 2.6 – Natasha Barriga, Standing Resolute With Kids and Communities Where Great Public Education is Needed Most

Good afternoon, CharterFolk. Today it is our honor to recognize Natasha Barriga, Executive Director of Resolute Academy in the Watts community of south Los Angeles, California, as CharterFolk Extraordinaire. As some CharterFolk know, during my time in charterland I have made it a personal obsession to visit as many charter schools as possible. I made

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Why So Many Editorial Boards are Missing in Action

Good afternoon, CharterFolk. A couple weeks back I had to laugh. A close friend and I were talking about an idea for a future CharterFolk column. He said, “Well, I wouldn’t want in anyway to compromise your editorial integrity but ….” Editorial integrity. Good one. I told my friend that I was complimented to know

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The Desperate Need for Big Boy Pants at the LA Times Editorial Board

Good morning, CharterFolk. I’d like to share with you a few developments on matters we have written about here at CharterFolk in the past week. Nashville Classical’s appeal to the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission, which I wrote about last Wednesday, was approved yesterday. A school that would not have been allowed to open under

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CharterFolk X Vol 2.5 – Arthur Samuels and Pagee Cheung, Bringing a 13th Level Commitment to the Quest for More Students Finally Accessing Excellent Public Education

Good Morning CharterFolk. Today it is our pleasure to recognize Arthur Samuels and Pagee Cheung, the Founders and Co-Executive Directors of Math, Engineering, Science Academy (MESA) in Brooklyn, New York. Nothing sums up better the spirit that Pagee and Arthur bring to the work they do at MESA than their recent announcement to create …

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