WonkyFolk Vol 10 – The Death of Public School…Sounds Serious!

Greetings, CharterFolk! This is the second WonkyFolk where Andy is talking while Jed is walking the Camino Trail with his wife, Amy. Andy and Cara Fitzpatrick, an editor at Chalkbeat and a Pulitzer Prize winner for Local Reporting in 2016 for a series about school segregation, talk school choice history

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CharterFolk Contributor Alex Johnston – Does Fundraising Feel Like the Biggest Drag On Your Joy and Your Impact as a Social Entrepreneur? Are You Ready to Try Something Different?

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Alex Johnston, the president and founder of Building Impact Partners.  I provide Alex’s bio below. Alex Johnston is the president and founder of Building Impact Partners, a philanthropy advising practice that has helped its clients give away

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WonkyFolk Vol 9 – Morgan Polikoff is Reading Polls So You Don’t Have To

Greetings, CharterFolk! This week Andy is talking while Jed is walking…hiking the Camino Trail with his wife, Amy. Andy is talking with Morgan Polikoff, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Southern California (USC)’s Rossier School of Education.  Their conversation focuses on public opinion on education, particularly parent opinion,

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CharterFolk Contributor Lydia Hoffman – What Would it Take for More Charter Schools to Improve the Educational Experiences of Diverse Learners?

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Lydia Hoffman, a partner at the Charter School Growth Fund. I provide Lydia’s bio below. Lydia is a partner at the Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF), a national nonprofit that identifies the country’s best public charter schools,

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CharterFolk Contributor Kathleen Hermsmeyer – Flex-Based Schools Should be the Most Popular School Model in America Today. Why isn’t it?

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer, Superintendent for Springs Charter Schools. I provide Kathleen’s bio below. Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer founded California’s largest county-wide benefit charter school, River Springs, in 2005 and serves as the Superintendent of this charter, along with five

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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 …

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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

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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

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