Contributor Columns

CharterFolk Contributor Josh Phillips – Leveraging the Summer Months for Social and Emotional Learning

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Josh Phillips, the Founder and CEO of Change Summer. I provide Josh’s bio below. Josh Phillips founded Change Summer in 2018 to provide enriching summer experiences for students from under-resourced communities in partnership with high-performing charter schools. Change Summer currently operates four

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CharterFolk Contributor Amanda Aragon – Never More Concerned About the State of Public Education, Never More Convicted that Change is Possible, and More Dedicated than Ever to Make that Change a Reality

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Amanda Aragon, the Executive Director of NewMexicoKidsCAN. I provide a brief bio below. Amanda was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and grew up surrounded by a large and close-knit extended family. Upon graduation from Rio Rancho High School, Amanda left New

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CharterFolk Contributors Sarah Kollman and Lee Rosenberg – Charter School Lawyers Sound the Alarm for Public Comment by April 13 on Proposed U.S. Department of Education Regulations

Good morning, CharterFolk. Today we are pleased to share a great Contributor Column from Sarah J. Kollman, Esq. and Lee J. Rosenberg, Esq. at Young, Minney & Corr LLP, one of the most respected legal firms in California and indeed in the entire country working on charter school issues. Bios for Sarah and Lee are

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CharterFolk Reggie Lee – The Hits Keep Coming!

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Reggie Lee, the proud Oakland dad of two children and chair of the board of directors at Yu Ming Charter School, a National Blue Ribbon School and the top performing school in Alameda County. Yu Ming is a member of the Families

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CharterFolk Malka Borrego – Equitas Shall Not Be Denied! AB1505 and New Proposed Federal Regulations Attempt to Deny Quality Options to Families Who Need Them Most

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a Contributor Column from Malka Borrego, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Equitas Academy Charter Schools. I provide a brief bio below. Malka Borrego is the founder and chief executive officer of the Equitas Academy Charter Schools. The network was founded in 2009 and provides quality

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CharterFolk Contributor Jim Goenner: For Chartering Leaders Pursuing Excellence, It’s a Future of Opportunity

Greetings, Charter Folk. Today we are delighted to share a contributor column from Jim Goenner, President & CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute. I provide a bio for Jim below. Jim Goenner serves as President & CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute, a mission driven non-profit organization dedicated to democratizing excellence in education. The Institute is

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CharterFolk Contributor Kimi Kean – Coming Soon to a Town Near You

Greetings, Charter Folk. Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Kimi Kean, CEO and Co-Founder of Families in Action for Quality Education. During our inaugural CharterFolk Chat with Arne Duncan, the former Education Secretary challenged our movement to get more parents and youth involved in our advocacy efforts. This is the moment

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CharterFolk Contributor Lety Gómez – Report From Texas: Finding My Voice, My Power, and My Path

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Lety Gómez, Rocketship Texas Senior Education Organizer. Lety, like all CharterFolk, is no stranger to battling the deeply entrenched and systemic interests that continue to oppose our schools, work, and community. She was instrumental in securing approval of two different charter schools

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CharterFolk Contributor Ruben Felipe – Report From Connecticut: If Breakthroughs Can Be Made Here, They Can Be Made Anywhere

Good Day, CharterFolk. Today it is our pleasure to share a Contributor Column from Ruben Felipe, the Executive Director of the Connecticut Charter Schools Association. I provide a brief bio below. Ruben Felipe is the Connecticut Executive Director of the Connecticut Charter Schools Association. Ruben previously spent eight years as the deputy chief of staff

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