Category Archives: Charter School

Next-Gen Learning Challenge: Declined

Despite making it to the finalist stage (see LINK), the grant application did not succeed in securing the US$100,000 planning grant. Advertisements

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Refundable tax credit for private school tuition created

Source: EdChoice blog, Jan 2014 When Alabama joined the school choice “family” in 2013, it did so in dramatic fashion, passing two tax-credit programs, one of which is the country’s first refundable tax credit for private school tuition. Under the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013, parents can receive a tax credit worth the lesser of (1) …

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Fail early, often and cheaply

Source: Acton Academy website, Oct 2013 One of our mantras at Acton is “fail early, often and cheaply.” This applies to everything from arguments with friends to writing a best-selling book or building a business. The choice to work hard without excuses is a decision made by each learner at Acton Academy. Embracing rigor is …

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K12 Teacher and Admin Salaries Below Norm

Source: Business Insider, Sep 2013

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School Choice Recognizes Student Diversity

Source: Reason, Sep 2013 … we live in an era when the old, rigid school design is being challenged by alternatives. Homeschooling is booming (about four percent of kids nationally, and growing). So are charter schools, some (though not all) of which use different models of education, including increased flexibility and self-direction. Private school have …

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Manatee Conversion Charter School

Source: Herald Tribune, Aug 2013 MANATEE COUNTY – Rowlett Elementary received a call early Thursday afternoon. School Superintendent Rick Mills plans to recommend to the School Board an approval of the magnet school’s application to become a charter operation. The district borrowed internal funds from all county schools last spring, including $45,000 from Rowlett’s savings accounts. …

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The Incubator School

Source: EdSurge, Aug 2013 The Incubator School, set to open its doors in Los Angeles on August 13, promises to look more kindly on such enterprising antics. Backed by a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant, the school will kick off with a class of about 50 sixth and seventh graders and three teachers. The plan is to …

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Not for Fall 2014; Perhaps for Fall 2015

<We were unable to submit to OCPS a charter school application with a planned Fall 2014 opening.  The following is an e-mail I shared with parents> Though we strove mightily, we were unable to muster sufficient support to fund the non-profit incorporation and the printing/binding costs for the 21 copies of the charter school application.  …

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Charter Schools Spend 13% of Revenues on Facilities

Source: EdWeek, Jun 2013 Overall, charter schools spend an average of 13 percent of their operating budgets on facilities, the survey found.  Related reading: Apr 2013 Charter School Facilities Study

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A PHL charter school has an international focus

Source: The Notebook, Summer 2010 … nine-year-old Independence Charter School (ICS). The school’s mission is to “provide an intellectually stimulating curriculum with an international focus for Philadelphia youth.”  In addition to providing challenging curriculum, ICS’s “international focus” is also apparent throughout the school. Half the students are enrolled by parental choice in a Spanish immersion …

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