Contributor Columns

CharterFolk Contributor Don Shalvey – Do What You Love

Hello CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Don Shalvey, CEO of San Joaquin A+. I provide a bio for Don below. Don Shalvey is the CEO of San Joaquin A+. He has spent the past 50 years in public education, where he is widely recognized as a leader in public

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CharterFolk Contributor Porsche Chisley – Expanding Our Impact

Hello CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Porsche Chisley, Senior Director of Special Projects of The Mind Trust. I provide a bio for Porsche below. As the Senior Director of Special Projects, Porsche Chisley supports the creation and implementation of special projects meant to expand the impact of The Mind

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CharterFolk Contributor Laurie Brown: Anti-charter Rhetoric is Rooted in Racism — Let’s Not Be Afraid to Call it Out

Hello CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Laurie Brown, Senior Vice President of Nashville Advocacy for the Tennessee Charter School Center and Advocacy Lead for the Nashville Charter Collaborative. I provide a brief bio for Laurie below. Laurie has spent the last decade making good trouble to ensure that students

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CharterFolk Contributor Cameron Curry – Thanksgiving is a Time to Celebrate Charter Public Schools

Hello CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Cameron Curry, CEO of The Classical Academies. I provide Cameron’s bio below. Cameron Curry is the CEO of The Classical Academies, a charter school organization serving 5400 students in northern San Diego County. Under Cameron’s leadership, Classical Academies became the first public charter

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CharterFolk Contributors Greg Richmond and Paul Escala – Superintendents of Two Archdioceses Share Why Catholic Schools are the Highest Performing “State” on All NAEP Tests

Hello CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a co-authored contributor column from Greg Richmond, the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Paul Escala, the Senior Director and Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Given Greg and Paul collectively devoted 35+ years to charter public schools before transitioning to

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CharterFolk Contributor Starlee Coleman – A Rallying Cry:  We Need More Charters

Hello CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Starlee Coleman, the CEO of the Texas Public Charter Schools Association (TPCSA). I provide Starlee’s bio below. Starlee Coleman has 20 years of experience turning public policy ideas into laws. Through strategic public affairs and PR campaigns, grassroots engagement, and coalition development, Starlee

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CharterFolk Contributor Jack McCarthy – Are We Ready for a Reboot?

Hello CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Jack McCarthy, CEO of AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation in Washington, D.C. I provide Jack’s bio below. Jack McCarthy is CEO of AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation in Washington, DC. As a social entrepreneur at the intersection of education research, policy, and practice

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CharterFolk Contributor Debbie Beyer – Unapologetically Charter

Hello CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Debbie Beyer, the founding Principal and Executive Director of Literacy First Charter Schools. I provide Debbie’s bio below. Debbie has worked in the classroom of both public and private schools. She has taught in and developed effective bilingual school programs and curriculum. Debbie is

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