2023

How We Overcome The Educational Pickleball Challenge

Good day, CharterFolk. I swear. Sometimes I struggle to make sense of things. Have you seen this one? A wealthy woman in San Francisco who is trying to get rid of public pickleball courts in her area … … owns a mansion on the market for $36 million that … … literally … … has

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CharterFolk Contributors Khalique Rogers and Joe Nathan – Two Specific Suggestions to Help Students and Communities

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Khalique Rogers and Joe Nathan, co-directors of the Center for School Change. We provide brief bios for Khalique and Joe below. Both have been asked to speak at several national conferences and co-authored several columns published in Minnesota newspapers, such as this

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The 401-Level – When Free, Public and Open to All Becomes Our Agenda

Weekend greetings, CharterFolk, We’ve had a lot of outreach this week in response to our Community Update from Tuesday. I appreciate so much your encouragement and warm wishes. CharterFolk does seem to be on a pretty great trajectory these days, but we wouldn’t be making anywhere near the progress that we are, were it not

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WonkyFolk Vol 8 – The Home Base Episode

Greetings, CharterFolk! This week, Andy and I are talking with Lakisha Young, the Founder and CEO of The Oakland REACH, and Heather Harding, Ed.D, the Executive Director of the Campaign for a Shared Future. Our conversation focuses on the difficult judgement calls parents and advocates are having to make as they attempt to retain focus

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Signs of the Even More Greatly Disconnected Times

Good day, CharterFolk. I’ll get on to the final “401-Level” of Free, Public, Open to All in my next post. In the meantime, there are some “signs of the times” articles in the edusphere I’d like to highlight. Let’s get to them now. Signs of the Even More Greatly Disconnected Times Long-time readers will remember

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WonkyFolk Vol 7 – Learning From a Place That is Not a Hot Steaming Mess

Greetings, CharterFolk! This week, Andy and I are talking about traveling and the fun of summer, our two mystery guests for the next WonkyFolk, and finding educational common ground via the juxtaposition of partisan politics and genuine educational accomplishments in Virginia. Here is a link to our conversation where you can listen to the podcast.

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CharterFolk Contributor Chris Reynolds – The Facilities Affordability Gap

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Chris Reynolds, Senior Advisor for New Schools for Alabama (NSFA). I provide Chris’ bio below. Chris Reynolds is the Senior Advisor for New Schools for Alabama. Chris is a former CPA with an extensive background in charter school leadership, nonprofit management, and

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CharterFolk on the Move – August 2023 by Mollie Mitchell

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share the first edition of CharterFolk on the Move from Mollie Mitchell, the President and Founder of The K12 Search Group. I provide Mollie’s bio below. Mollie Mitchell is the President and Founder of The K12 Search Group, a national search firm that provides executive search services to

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