March 2023

“Houston, We Have an Enormous Opportunity.” What Happens When Our North Star and Our Lone Star Become Understood Again to Be One and the Same

Weekend’s greetings, CharterFolk. I’m going to try something a little different over the next week. Rather than one long column connecting trends across many geographies, I’m going to try breaking things up into posts focusing on different places one at a time. We’ll see how it goes. Before I turn to that, let me first

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Bigger Boats and 25X25X25 Meets the Great National Crack Up

Weekend greetings, CharterFolk. Well, as the great Tom Waits song goes … … “St. Louis got the best of me.” How else explain that at the top of my last post, I included a link … … that scores of you clicked on to no avail because I had embedded it wrong? My apologies. It’s

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Why No One Calls Out the Dorsal Fins in Waters Where Kids Swim Everyday

Good day, CharterFolk. Last week I was in Missouri. That “one person’s pattern recognition is another person’s confirmation bias” phenomenon I wrote about a couple weeks ago … … has me convinced that public education’s sharks have made it up the Mississippi. All the signs of shark-infested waters are clear to see. A city whose

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CharterFolk X – Dr. Gary Stueven: A Servant Leader with a Passion for Quality Choices in Public Education

Greetings, CharterFolk! This morning we’re celebrating Dr. Gary Stueven, a charter school consultant and interim principal at Montessori Peaks Academy in Littleton, Colorado, as CharterFolk Extraordinaire. Gary was recently recognized with the Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado League of Charter Schools for his passion and dedication to charter schools, their leaders,

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CharterFolk Contributor Caprice Young – Some Secrets About the Founding Strategy of CCSA

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Caprice Young, Ed.D., the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Founding CEO and President of the Education Growth Group. I provide Caprice’s bio below. Dr. Young is an experienced transformational executive and superintendent with proven leadership in board governance and C-level roles. Raised

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