Independent charter schools look to raise their profile, apart from networks and Betsy DeVos

October 17, 2017

Stand-alone charter schools say they’re often overlooked in favor of big-name networks like KIPP — while at the same time being unfairly tied to Betsy DeVos’s agenda.

 

At a symposium last week, a number of school leaders agreed to try to change that by launching a new national organization dedicated to independent, or “mom-and-pop,” charters.

 

“When people think of charters, they do not think of us,” said Steve Zimmerman, an organizer of the conference and founder of two independent charter schools.

 

In a hotel conference room in Queens, leaders from nearly 200 schools across 20 states unanimously called for the group’s creation. They also adopted a progressive manifesto that tried to separate the members from the Trump administration and common criticisms of the charter schools.

 

source: https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/10/17/independent-charter-schools-look-to-raise-their-profile-apart-from-networks-and-betsy-devos/

 

 

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