Posts from January 2016

Posted Jan. 29, 2016

Helping Charter Schools Find Student Success Beyond Academics

We recognize the importance of education, but what many may not recognize is the importance of certain skills and habits that are not commonly taught in today’s education system. In an era of emphasis on common standards and standardized testing, core subject areas can become the sole focus of a child’s daily instruction. To succeed in life, however, students need more than just book smarts. They also need instruction in social-emotional…

By Ryan Van Alfen, Jason Kotter

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016

Don’t Let Them Tell You Where to Send Your Child for School

Just letting somebody tell you where to take your kids to school is not acceptable. I learned that lesson the hard way. In 2008, Chicago…

By Stephanie Davis

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016

Making the Right Choice for My Son’s School

I homeschooled my son Joseph until he was 4 years old. Then I found Legacy Charter School, just by walking down the street. If I hadn’t…

By Sharon Franklin

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016

Learning From a Charter School Turnaround in Memphis

Sometimes the best way to get the hang something tricky is to learn from others’ experiences. As National School Choice Week wraps up, I recommend…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016

VIDEO: Zip Code School Assignment Didn’t Work Out for Me

Attending a good school in this country is a luxury, and that is wrong. I wasn’t one of the lucky ones, not until I found…

By Dashaun Robinson

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016

How a Charter School Saved Us From a Nightmare With Our Son

Until a month before kindergarten, our son Emery was on track in every way for a successful school year. He had been healthy for four…

By Krystal Vasquez, Kevin Sims

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Posted Jan. 28, 2016

How My School Helped Me Get Straight A’s, Lose Weight, and Forgive My Drug-Addict Birth Mom

Perspectives Charter School isn’t just a school for me. It has given me the foundation to open up my heart. It turned me into a…

By Kim Wilborn

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Posted Jan. 28, 2016

Student Praise for a Chicago High School Where Everybody Knows Your Name

When you go to school, you should never feel like just another seat in the class. Everyone in the school should know you by name—not just the teachers, but the engineer and the lunch ladies, too. Having school choice helped me find a place where that could happen. When my older sister was looking for a middle school, my mom found Perspectives Charter Schools at a school fair. After a visit to their Rodney D. Joslin campus, located just south…

By Gabby Dixon

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Posted Jan. 28, 2016

Thank You, Mom and School Choice, for Saving Me From Ninth Grade

From preschool till my freshman year of high school, my grandma and I would commute about 30-40 minutes each day to a different city so I would be able to attend better schools. This is where I learned and practiced my Spanish, as we listened to Spanish radio: "El Cucuy de la mañana." In middle school, I was a Five Semester Scholar, which meant I started the second semester of sixth grade with a GPA of 3.7 or above, but I managed to keep…

By Mariah A. Diaz

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Posted Jan. 27, 2016

The Hardest Part of My Job Is Telling Students They Aren’t Prepared

I teach English at my local community college, which puts me in constant contact with students of every age and circumstance who are hoping that…

By Andrew Wilk

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 26, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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