2021

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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The Battle Over Educational NIMBYism Spreading Across the Country Now

Good morning, CharterFolk. I’d like to start today thanking David Mansouri once again for his terrific contributor column from last week. We received a number of compliments about the piece, and we also received word from a few other Tennesseans who would like to follow up with their own Contributor Columns in the months ahead.

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CharterFolk Contributor David Mansouri – Charter Schools in the Volunteer State: A Track Record of Success and Opportunities for the Future

Good morning, CharterFolk. Today we’re pleased to share with you a Contributor Column from David Mansouri, the President and CEO of State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) in Nashville, Tennessee. I provide a bio below. David Mansouri is the President & CEO of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).  SCORE’s mission is to catalyze

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The Huge Opportunity to Make Progress on Red Lines in Blue States Now

Good day, CharterFolk. Following up my post from Saturday wherein I lamented Sacramento Unified’s incompetence in creating a remote option for its families who seek one … … two days later this story came out. It’s actually a statewide phenomenon. It’s like clockwork. Policy makers try to defend Establishment schools by preventing parents from going

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CharterFolk X Vol 2.4 – Jennifer López, Exemplifying the Personal Readiness of the Charter School Movement’s Next Generation of Leadership

Good morning, CharterFolk. Today it is our distinct pleasure to recognize Jennifer López, CEO of Carmen Schools of Science and Technology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as CharterFolk Extraordinaire. As the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants growing up in Sacramento, California, Jennifer experienced firsthand the inadequate and inequitable public education that thousands of families are subjected to in

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