Exclusive: Data show charter school students graduating from college at three to five times national average
About a decade ago, 15 years into the public charter school movement, a few of the nation’s top charter networks quietly upped the ante on their own strategic goals. No longer was it sufficient to keep students “on track” to college. Nor was it enough to enroll 100 percent of your graduates in colleges. What...
By Richard Whitmire | July 27, 2017
Commentary: Money, hustle & good candidates won LA vote for ed reformers, but tougher fights lie ahead
By Richard Whitmire Without a doubt, pro-charter school forces took a beating over the past year. There was a big setback in Georgia, and the Massachusetts vote on allowing charters to expand was nothing short of a money-losing, brutish beatdown. Things only worsened with the election of Donald Trump and his appointment of the wildly...
By Richard Whitmire | June 1, 2017
The Accidental Activist: One mom’s unlikely crusade to bring better schools to Northern California
Often, big social movements start with just one worried parent. That’s the case in Redwood City, just south of San Francisco, where two new charter schools recently opened their doors. In Redwood City, that worried parent was Maritza Leal, a mother of three who, along with her husband, played a major role in bringing a...
By Richard Whitmire | April 12, 2016