August 11, 2015

A week ago Friday, it was announced that Success Academies was given $8.5M by hedge fund manager John Paulson to continue its expansion.


It’s a number that we, in the independent charter sector, can scarcely fathom. Most of us survive hand to mouth, almost entirely by per-pupil funding with occasional boosts from SSF, CSP and other government grants. 


It’s certainly not because we eschew private sector money. Au contraire: pleas...

August 10, 2015

This blog post originally appeared on Dirk Tillotson’s Silent Majority blog


As a member of the so-called “charter movement,” I have to tell you: there is no such thing. Seriously, the “charter movement” is a movement in the same way a bowel movement is a movement (anyone with a capable infrastructure, some inputs, and a little luck can have one). And this “movement” really shares nothing in common with any social or political mo...

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